The Calgary man allegedly involved in a collision that killed a taxi driver and his female passenger last weekend is now facing a total of six charges.

Ali Alejandro Montoya, 20, appeared in provincial court by closed-circuit television from Calgary Remand Centre on Thursday morning to face the new charges, including three counts of criminal negligence involving the deaths of Amritpal Kharbanda, 46, taxi passenger Jillian Lavallee, 25, and injuries to another driver.

Kharbanda was killed in the crash that occurred about 2 o’clock on Saturday morning when his cab was broadsided in the inner city community of Beltline. Lavallee died about 12 hours later.


Amritpal Singh Kharbanda, a 46-year-old cab driver and father of two daughters, was killed early Saturday May 2, 2015, when the cab he was driving was struck in the Beltline.

Defence lawyer Alain Hepner tentatively set May 14 for the next appearance to obtain his client’s release, but both he and Crown prosecutor Meaghan Blake said release discussions will not go ahead that day. Hepner said he wants to speak to Montoya’s release by the end of May.

Blake has indicated she will not consent to Montoya’s release.

“There may be additional charges laid,” Blake said Thursday. “We’ll see what the evidence shows.”

Hepner said the key is the Crown has laid the criminal negligence charges, which are serious.

“As the Crown is not agreeing to release, there will be a full-blown bail hearing.”

Montoya, who was arrested at the scene, also faces three charges of impaired driving — two for causing the deaths and one for causing injuries.

He will remain in custody until the bail hearing.

Source: Calgary Herald


Last updated on: 2015-07-21 | Link to this post