Semi-truck driver charged in highway crash near Oyen, Alta., that killed young boy
Months after a tragic crash on an Alberta highway claimed the life of a young boy and injured four others, RCMP have charged a semi-truck driver involved in the collision. First responders rushed to the scene of a crash on Wednesday, Aug.
7 at 4:30 p.m. to find wreckage involving two semi-trucks and another vehicle. READ MORE: Dad speaks about Alberta crash that killed son: ‘If there was one person I knew ready to be an angel, it was him’
Ten-year-old Zachary Jeffrey was killed when one of the semis crashed into the back of the family’s minivan while stopped in a construction zone, forcing it ahead to slam into the second semi in front of them, according to RCMP. The rest of the family — Zachary’s parents Bob and Carla, along with their other two children, Lillian and Gabriel — was injured in the crash.
The family’s minivan after the crash. Courtesy: Bob Jeffreys
RCMP said Wednesday the semi-truck driver, 37-year-old Lowell Nathan Dyck, has been charged with several offences in relation to the crash, including: Story continues below
- dangerous driving causing death
- four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm
- criminal negligence causing death
- four counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm
Dyck is scheduled to appear in Hanna court on April 22.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Laurel Scott said there is a fairly high threshold to lay the charges. “These are very serious charges,” she said.
“The whole scenario, of course, is a very tragic, fatal scenario and so the investigation, from the outset, has been a very serious and in-depth investigation. READ MORE: Grieving family trying to recover after young son killed in crash near Oyen “It’s not been easy for anybody.
It’s not easy for the family and I have no doubt it’s not easy for the truck driver.”
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