Driver charged in connection with fatal motor vehicle collision

Lethbridge Police have charged a 31-year-old man in connection with a fatal collision on Whoop Up Drive last winter that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man.

On November 13, 2015 just after 3:30 p.m. police and paramedics responded to a report of a collision in the westbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive near the University Drive exit. Investigation determined a Pontiac Montana collided with the back of a City of Lethbridge case loader that was in the process of removing snow from the roadway.

The 72-year-old male driver of the mini-van sustained life-threatening injuries and after being extricated from his vehicle he was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the loader was not injured.

Alcohol and speed were ruled out as factors in the collision. Further investigation determined that sun glare, the driving pattern of the loader and a lack of the use of safety equipment, including warning signage and a pilot/block vehicle, contributed to the crash.

Upon completion of the investigation it was forwarded to the Crown’s office for review.

Scott Edward Erickson, 31, of Lethbridge is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death. Erickson was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 3.