A 45-year-old Saskatchewan man is facing impaired driving charges following a two-vehicle crash south of Fort Saskatchewan that killed two Alberta teenagers and left a third seriously injured.
In a news release, Fort Saskatchewan RCMP stated that the accused was impaired on Sept. 17 when the pickup truck he was driving collided head-on with an SUV on Highway 21 near Township Road 542. The accident happened at about 9 p.m.
Two of the three teenagers in the SUV — Kai Peters, 16, and Alexandra Ollington, 17, both of Sherwood Park — died at the scene.
The third, 15-year-old Morgan Maltby, remains in hospital with “life-altering” injuries. Her family in Fort Saskatchewan is “hopeful that rehabilitation can be started soon in order for her to gain mobility,” RCMP said in the Tuesday news release.
Following the crash, officers launched an immediate investigation into the driver, stated the news release.
The “complex investigation” included a collision analyst and forensic reconstructionist at the scene, witness evidence and a laboratory analysis of the driver’s blood alcohol content.
The accused — a resident of Caronport in southern Saskatchewan — is charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
He is also charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.
“The families of the three victims of this crash expressed their relief that this investigation has led to charge,” Cpl. Devon Lafreniere said in a statement.
“Waiting for this news has been hard on the families, and while they understand that the ongoing criminal process will continue to be challenging, it is finally a step forward.
“The RCMP with Victim Services Unit will continue to support the families through their long road ahead.”