Robin Tyler John, 26, of Duck Lake makes first court appearance

After a 13-month investigation, Saskatoon police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of a Saskatoon teenager.

Quinn Stevenson, 17, had just graduated from Centennial Collegiate when he died in a two vehicle collision on Circle Drive and College Drive on Aug. 3, 2013.

Robin Tyler John, 26, from Duck Lake has been charged wtih seven counts, including impaired driving causing death, driving over .08 causing death, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, and criminal negligence causing death.

Making his first court appearance Wednesday morning, John has been remanded until his second court appearance Thursday. The Crown will be opposing his release on bail.

Quinn's death sparked a massive outpouring of support from friends and acquaintances, as well as a series of memorial fundraisers in Quinn's name. 

"This past year we've been kind of dealing with keeping Quinn's memory alive," said Craig Stevenson, Quinn's dad. "Now we kind of have to go back to the start again, which is a little tougher."

The investigation involved several different areas of the Saskatoon Police Service, including the major crimes, special investigations, street gang, polygraph, and community liaison units. 

Craig Stevenson was not sure whether he would be in court for the proceedings when he spoke to News Talk Radio Tuesday.

"Yeah there's definitely closure there, but like I say, it's just a matter of opening up all those old wounds again that never really went anywhere, but you kind of have to relive them again," he said.

Stevenson added that their annual golf tournament, ball hockey tournament, and other fundraisers for a trust account in Quinn's name would continue on regardless of the court proceedings. 

"Our intention is to keep doing these things," he said, "It's not just for us, it's for everybody around us, all of Quinn's friends... it's a good way for everybody to get together and talk."

Source: News Talk 650 CKOM


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