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Fatality case may not go to a trial

By Lethbridge Herald on October 17, 2023.

Delon Shurtz

The lawyer for a 33-year-old woman charged in relation to a fatal collision with a pedestrian earlier this year still hopes to resolve the case without a trial.

An agent appearing in Lethbridge court of justice Friday for Lethbridge lawyer Justin Dean, said Dean had sent the Crown a resolution proposal and was waiting for a reply.

The matter had been adjourned last month for the same reason; to allow defence and the Crown prosecutor assigned to the case time to continue having resolution discussions.

Bobbi Raquel Whillans is charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The charges stem from a collision at the intersection of 26 Avenue and 28 Street North about 3 p.m. on Jan. 17.  A 66-year-old man died and a 62-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital and later transferred to Calgary by STARS.

Police determined a GMC truck was travelling east on 26 Avenue North, and while turning onto 28 Street struck the pedestrians as they crossed the street in the crosswalk. The driver immediately stopped and called 911.The matter is scheduled to return to court Oct. 25, when the Crown and defence may set a date to resolve the charges should they reach an agreement.

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