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Driver in fatal Vernon crash facing BC Supreme Court judge

Two grandparents were killed in the 2022 Highway 97 crash
Two people died in an August 2022 crash on Highway 97 near the Vernon Army Camp. (Morning Star file photo)

A man involved in a 2022 crash that killed two people in Vernon has elected to be tried by a Supreme Court judge instead of a jury.

Michael Rodine, born in 1987, was arrested in an Aug. 5, 2022 Highway 97 collision near the Vernon Army Camp.

Two grandparents who were on vacation in the Okanagan from Vancouver were killed in the crash.

Rodine is charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death, two counts of causing death while driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit and two counts of impaired driving causing death.

He was in Vernon Law Courts Thursday, Feb. 29, where he elected to be tried by a Supreme Court judge, and to have a preliminary inquiry in Provincial Court.

Rodine will be back March 6 to fix a date.

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