Charges upgraded in fatal hit and run collision

 The charges against a 30-year-old Lethbridge man in connection with a hit and run collision earlier this year have been upgraded following the victim’s death last month.

On Jan. 26, 2014 at approximately 2:49 a.m. a passerby contacted police after observing an injured male lying in the northbound lanes of the Stafford Drive overpass. Upon arrival police located a 45-year-old male cyclist who was the victim of a hit and run collision. The male was initially transported to Chinook Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later airlifted to Calgary Foothills Hospital.

 On Jan. 28, 2014 a 30-year-old male attended the police station in relation to the hit and run collision and following further investigation was subsequently charged. Edward James Mikla, 30, of Lethbridge, was charged with one count of failing to stop or remain at the scene of collision causing bodily harm.

 On May 11, 2014 police were advised that the victim, Lorne Lee Miller, had died.

 On June 19, 2014 following consultation with the Crown Prosecutor’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office, the charges against Mikla were upgraded to one count of criminal negligence causing death and failing to stop or remain at the scene of a collision causing death. The charges will be brought forward during Mikla’s next court appearance June 27.