Election delayed again in impaired driving causing death case
Court election was delayed again in the case of a man charged in relation to a collision that left four Filipino workers dead and one injured.
Tyler James Stevens was not present when an agent for his lawyer appeared in Red Deer provincial court on June 11.
Dan Wilson, acting as agent for defence counsel Ian Savage, said the defence was asking for a further month before Stevens’ election is made. Crown prosecutor Wayne Silliker said disclosure is extensive.
The next scheduled appearance for Stevens is July 16. In court certain charges allow the accused to elect which court he is tried in – provincial court in front of a judge, the Court of Queen’s Bench in front of a judge or in Queen’s Bench with a judge and jury.
Stevens was charged after a devastating collision on March 4 on the QEII. It was alleged in the police press release that Stevens was the sole driver of a Range Rover that was driving northbound in the southbound lane of the highway, resulting in the collision with a southbound vehicle that had five passengers.
Stevens is facing a total of 20 charges. Those charges include four counts of impaired driving causing death, one charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm, four charges of criminal negligence causing death, one charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, four charges of driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing an accident causing death, one charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing an accident causing bodily harm and five charges of failing or refusing to provide a sample after causing an accident causing bodily harm or death.