Family of the Grande Prairie Composite High School

football players killed and injured in an October

2011 car crash are unhappy that the man charged

with drunk driving is once again behind the wheel.


Brenden Holubowich, 22, was ordered to stand trial at the conclusion of his preliminary hearing in a Grande Prairie courtroom this week. At his request, his bail conditions were also changed to allow him to drive once more. His driver’s licence had previously been suspended during his bail.

The move did not sit well with grieving family members in the courtroom.

“None of us are real happy about that,” said Sheila Wilson, the grandmother of Vincent Stover, 16, who was killed in the crash. “Our lives are changed and four kids are dead. Now he gets to go about his life and that’s annoying. There’s nothing we can do about it.”

Vincent Stover, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, Tanner Hildebrand, 15, and Matthew Deller, 16, were killed in the crash on the night of Oct. 22 when they were struck by a pickup truck on they way home from a party outside Grande Prairie.

A Grande Prairie Warriors teammate of the four, Zachary Judd, was also in the vehicle. He suffered severe injuries, but is recovering.

Holubowich faces four counts of dangerous driving causing death, four counts of impaired driving causing death, and one count each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Wilson said all five families knew that Holubowich would ask for his licence back, and their reaction in the courtroom was muted. The families, clad in the bright orange of the Warriors football team, gathered outside the courthouse and went inside as a large group. The families have become “close-knit” since the crash, Wilson said.

“We’ve had so much stress and grief,” she said.

Defence lawyer Chris Millsap said his client needs a driver’s licence to function in his everyday life. Holubowich lives in the town of Wembley, 20 kilometres out of Grande Prairie, where there is no grocery store or other necessities.

“He’s been getting rides from others for 10 months,” Millsap said. “He lives in a rural town that has no public transit. He doesn’t work in that town.”

Two other bail conditions were lifted. Holubowich no longer has to report to RCMP each week and can now leave Alberta. He is still under strict alcohol prohibitions that ban him from drinking, purchasing alcohol or entering a bar or pub.

After a two-day preliminary hearing, a judge found there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial. The evidence presented at the hearing cannot be reported because of a publication ban.

A trial date is expected to be set on Oct. 9.


Source: The Edmonton Journal

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