Charges have been laid in relation to a fatal pedestrian collision in Grandmother’s Bay last weekend.
According to an RCMP news release, 43-year-old Lewis Roberts of Grandmother’s Bay was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing death. He made his first court appearance Oct. 11 in La Ronge.
The name of the deceased has not been released at this time.
“It’s something I don’t like and I don’t want to see anyone else get hurt,” La Ronge RCMP Staff Sgt. Kyle Watson said in an interview with larongeNOW. “A lot of times when you see these incidents that happened, it’s not the drunk driver who is hurt or killed, it’s always other innocents who happen to be on their way home or going somewhere who are the victims of these types of crimes.”
Impaired driving continue to be a focus at the detachment as Watson said was recently witnessed by Operation Impact earlier this month. He noted check stops in La Ronge and other northern communities will continue in the coming months, along with other initiatives currentlyunderway. Watson added there are upcoming impaired driving presentations planned with community program officer Alex Turcotte at local schools, where Grade 11 and 12 students will be educated about the risks of such behaviour
Watson also stated impaired driving is preventable and believes more education and enforcement are key to stopping it from happening. He’s also in support of more community engagement like launching a Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter in northern Saskatchewan.
“If a MADD chapter was here, we would definitely support it, and if there was to be a start up, I would like to be involved with that and help out,” Watson said. “If anyone wants to start one, they can feel free to contact me because I think it’s an excellent idea.”
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