May 11th, 2021

Man pleads not guilty to careless driving in fatal pedestrian collision

By Shurtz, Delon on November 11, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A Lethbridge man charged following a collision that claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy earlier this year is getting ready to stand trial.

An agent appeared in Lethbridge provincial court on behalf of the accused, Neil Martin Skjodt, and pleaded not guilty to a single charge of careless driving under the Traffic Safety Act.

The charge allows for a maximum fine of $2,000 or six months in jail, or both, and possibly licence suspension. Skjodt, 52, was charged under the Traffic Safety Act rather than under the Criminal Code after police determined there was no criminality involved in the unfortunate incident.

Lethbridge lawyer Bjoern Wolkmann told court defence and the Crown will schedule a pre-trial conference to discuss trial issues, and the matter was adjourned to Dec. 10, ostensibly to confirm a trial date.

At about 3:30 p.m. on April 13 police responded to a pedestrian collision between Coalbanks Gate and Aquitania Boulevard West. A large SUV travelling south on Aquitania Boulevard turned west onto Whoop-Up Drive and struck two young boys crossing in the crosswalk with their father. The 10-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries and died after being taken to the hospital.

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