Oct 22, 2011 - GRANDE PRAIRIE MOURNING; MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES (Grande Prairie Warriors case)


A 21-year-old Grande Prairie man is facing a slew of alcohol-related charges in connection with a devastating collision in Grande Prairie Saturday that left four teens dead and one in serious condition.

It happened on Highway 668 near Highway 40 shortly after midnight Saturday.

Matthew Deller, 16, Vincent Stover, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, all of Grande Prairie, were killed.

The fifth and lone surviving occupant, Zachary Judd, remains in critical-yet-stable condition in an Edmonton hospital.

All five were students at Grande Prairie Composite High School, where they were all members of the Warriors football team.

Hundreds made their way to the Warriors’ football field at midnight Saturday night, coinciding with the time of the crash.

“It was really quite exceptional, and a great opportunity for the community as a whole to start the grieving process,” said Rick Gilson, head coach and principal of Grande Prairie Composite High School.

Friend Brannon Edgar was also at the vigil, where mourners lit candles and released balloons in honour of the boys.

“It was... hard. Especially hearing Matt’s dad talk. But I’m really glad the community came out and showed their support. I’m happy people care and took the time to come.”

Gilson said a practice Monday followed by a semi-final game set for Friday will go on as planned.

“We, along with the school counselors and the families, felt strongly that we had to do that. The players wanted to honour their friends in that way.”

Brendan Holubowich, 21, of Grande Prairie faces 11 charges in all, including four counts of impaired driving causing death, one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Holobowich is due to make his first court appearance Oct. 31 in Grande Prairie.

Source:  The Edmonton Sun

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