Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash that occurred on Yellowhead Trail westbound near the Victoria Trail overpass in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

A charge of manslaughter has been laid against a 47-year-old man after a deadly October crash that killed a female passenger on Yellowhead Trail. “This is the first time in EPS history that Traffic Section has laid a charge of manslaughter in relation to a traffic fatality," said Const. Binoy Prabhu, with the city police Major Collision Investigation Unit, said Thursday.

Police say the accused was drinking at a family gathering in Sherwood Park and left in an impaired state. He'd been advised to wait for a designated driver at the home, but chose not to, leaving with 41-year-old Adele James.

The host of the residence called 911, immediately broadcasting police for dispatch within Sherwood Park.

In his 1990 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, the driver sped through a construction zone on Yellowhead trail in a reckless manner, prompting several drivers on the road to call 911.

"There was an actual pattern coming in over the phone to the police as all this was unfolding, even as police were responding to the occurrence of this impaired driver," said Prabhu.

About 20 metres from a large Curb the Danger sign on Yellowhead Trail, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled, making contact with a concrete underpass under Victoria Trail.

James was still belted in her seat, but pronounced dead on scene by EMS. The driver was extracted from the vehicle and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Allan Dean Balay is charged with manslaughter, operation of a motor vehicle -- over 80 mg% causing death, impaired operation cause death, and dangerous driving cause death. A court date has been set Jan. 14.

Source: Edmonton Sun


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