Coaldale RCMP lay charge in September pedestrian fatality

By Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter)
January 25, 2019 - 1:11pm Updated: January 25, 2019 - 2:03pm

COALDALE --  A charge has been laid in a fatal hit and run dating from September 2, 2018.
 
Around 4:50 that morning, two people were walking south-bound on Highway 5 near Township Road 82. The man and a woman were just outside Lethbridge City limits, walking towards the Airport.
 
The man was on the southbound driving lane, when he was hit by a southbund truck. The woman was not injured but, the 26-year old
man from the Blood Reserve died on scene.
 
 A Calgary RCMP traffic reconstructionist was called to the scene and traffic was diverted for several hours.   
 
 It was noted that at the time of the collision, it was dark outside.  However, there were street lights on the area and the paved highway was dry, at a time when the temperature was 11 degrees. It was determined that visibility was not obstructed by the normal darkness.

While the driver of the truck failed to remain at the scene, evidence determined the truck was a Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 in a few possible model years 2013/2014/2015.  It was believed to be red in colour and with significant front grill damage.  

With help from local media coverage, the was identified and examined by RCMP.

The person driving the truck at the time if the collision has been identified as 31 year old Michael White Quills of Cardston. He has been charged with one count of Failing to remain at the scene of a collision causing death, and will be in court March 6, 2019.

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