Jan 19, 2012 - BEAUMONT MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH DEATHS OF THREE YOUNG MEN MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE

About 16 people, some in tears, attended the first court appearance of Johnathan Robert Pratt, the 28-year-old Beaumont man who is charged in connection with the accident that killed three, young men in late November of last year.

Appearing via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC), Pratt was seen in a wheelchair and bandages around his head. He made his first court appearance in Leduc Provincial Court on Jan. 19.

Pratt is facing three counts of impaired operation causing death, three counts of over driving while over the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 mg causing death and three counts of manslaughter.

Pratt’s only words on the day was answering “yes” to the judge when asked if his name was Pratt.

No pleas were entered during his first court appearance and he will reappear for his second appearance in Leduc Provincial Court on Feb. 16.

The accident

18-year-olds Bradley Arsenault and Kole Novak, both from Beaumont, along with 22-year-old Thaddeus Lake of Leduc, were all killed instantly in the two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 625 just outside of Beaumont in the early morning hours on Saturday, Nov. 26.

The three young men were all travelling in the Pontiac Grand Am involved, while Pratt was driving the Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Police responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at around 2:45 a.m. at the south edge of Beaumont, west of the intersection of Highway 625 and 60 Street.

When the police arrived at the scene, they found a Dodge Ram pick up truck in the south ditch of the highway and the Grand Am was found immediately west of where the pick up truck landed.

Police believe both vehicles involved in the crash were travelling eastbound and struck each other before they went off the road.

Two of the young men were thrown from the Grand Am and the third was pulled from the wreckage.

Source: The Beaumont News

 

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