Feb 09, 2010 - PRAYERS FOR A FAMILY (Brad & Krista Howe's case)

The deaths of a Red Deer couple who left behind five children have spawned an outpouring of grief on a social networking site memorial page Monday.

Within hours hundreds had joined a Facebook page for Brad and Krista Howe, who were killed early Sunday when their small car was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

A 22-year-old man faces numerous charges including two counts of impaired driving causing death in connection with the 2 a.m. collision at 30th Avenue and Ironstone Drive.

Many of those who posted their thoughts said their hearts went out to the couple’s children and prayed they would find comfort with their family. A trust fund for the children has already been set up by family members.

Employers of the couple, who both worked as engineers in the petrochemical industry, also expressed their sorrow.

“Obviously, it’s like losing a member of your own family,” said Bob Brandt, vice-president of manufacturing at MEGlobal Canada Inc.’s Prentiss plant, where Krista Howe had worked for the past four years.

“It’s a very tragic situation and our concern is certainly with the family and our employees and the impact on everyone around it.”

MEGlobal is providing whatever support it can for the family, he said.

Nova Chemicals spokeswoman Roxann Good said Brad Howe was a mechanical engineer and had worked at Joffre since June 2005.

Passing on a message from Joffre Site Leader Rick Van Hemmen, Good said, “Of course this is a tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families during this very difficult time.”

The family of the Howes asked for privacy Monday and were not ready to comment publicly.

Brad and Krista Howe had three children and were the guardians of two others.

Brad Howe said in a brief biography on the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) website that he moved to Alberta more than a decade ago and spent five years in Lloydminster before moving to Red Deer.

Howe volunteered at the Red Deer Hospice Society, historic Fort Normandeau, Red Deer Museum, Kerry Wood Nature Centre and the library.

Stephen Huber, who has known Brad Howe for about four years through their involvement with APEGGA, said he was very active in the organization and in the community where he had coached children’s soccer.

“It’s just a terrible thing. We were all quite shocked when we heard about it yesterday.”

The couple died after their eastbound car was hit by a southbound pickup on 30th Avenue at Ironstone Drive. Brad, 34, and Krista, 35, were pronounced dead at the scene by fire-medics.

The driver of the pickup was treated and released from hospital. RCMP arrested him and took him into custody Sunday.

Chad Mitchell Olsen, of Sedalia, Alberta has been charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and two counts of driving with a blood alcohol over 0.08 causing death. Sedalia is a small hamlet 175 km southeast of Stettler.

Olsen, who appeared twice in the prisoner’s docket Monday in Red Deer provincial court, was remanded in custody until Friday.

He is scheduled to be represented by lawyer Roy Shellnut of Calgary.

Murray Shack, a Legal Aid Society of Alberta lawyer who represented Olsen Monday, said a bail bid by Olsen is a possibility on Friday.

Olsen, who appeared distraught in the morning, answered “yes” when he was asked if he understood the six charges against him.

The Brad & Krista Howe Memorial Trust Fund has been set up at the Foam Lake Credit Union in Saskatchewan.

Those who wish to donate can drop off donations at any credit union in Alberta or Saskatchewan in an envelop addressed to the Foam Lake Credit Union, including the name of the fund and transit number: 80838-889. The account number is: 820000016171.

For more information call the credit union at 1-306-272-3385.

A funeral service for the Howes will take place Friday at 1 p.m. at the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park.

Source: Red Deer Advocate



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