Charge dropped in connection with 2013 accident that killed three

Crown determines not enough evidence to proceed with criminal charge against Armstrong man

A charge of criminal driving causing death against an Armstrong man, relating to a March 2013 accident that claimed the lives of three individuals, has been dropped.

The trial for Brandon James Kenneth McGregor, born in 1991, was to have started in Vernon Supreme Court Monday.

“Crown ultimately concluded the evidence wasn’t sufficient to meet our charge assessment standard to continue the prosecution,” said Neil MacKenzie, Criminal Justice Branch spokesperson, about the charge being stayed.

Shortly before 2 p.m. on March 31, 2013, McGregor was driving his Chevy Silverado truck 11 kilometres south of Vernon on Highway 97 when it crossed the centre line, colliding with a Volvo driven by a Salmon Arm man.

McGregor’s passenger, Eric David Alexander Robertson, 19, of Armstrong, and the driver of the Volvo, Allan Arthur Allport, 70, of Salmon Arm, died at the scene.

Allport’s wife, Fay, 67, survived the crash but died in Kelowna General Hospital the next day.

The coroner reported that a police reconstructionist determined the speed of the truck was between 78 and 94 kilometres per hour (posted speed limit is 90 km/h) and the speed of the Volvo was between 44 and 55 km/h. Allport had slowed down and pulled over toward the side of the road in an effort to avoid being struck by the pickup.

McGregor did not suffer any serious injuries.

Both airbags deployed and all four occupants were wearing seatbelts.

MacKenzie said medical issues may have been why the truck crossed the centre line, but did not elaborate for privacy reasons.

“This was a collision that occurred when the vehicle driven by McGregor crossed the centre line and collided with a vehicle travelling in opposite direction with what were clearly extremely tragic results,” said MacKenzie.

“The circumstances didn’t establish any other erratic driving on Mr. McGregor’s part prior to the collision. There was additional evidence provided to Crown, and on the basis of that, Crown concluded it wasn’t possible to attribute erratic driving and crossing the centre line to any criminal conduct on his part.”

The families in the case have been notified of the decision.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Campaign promotes Syilx/Okanagan language and culture

To support initiative, Nsylixcen t-shirts and water bottles are being distributed across Okanagan

WATCH: Pink cupcakes on frontline against bullying in Vernon

Organizations, schools take part to help end bullying on Pink Shirt Day

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

Beer and burgers to raise cash for Vernon man fighting cancer

Fundraiser hosted in honour of Garnet the Great to send him to special treatment centre

WATCH: Hollywood actor Chris Pratt shows Kamloops love on social media

The filming of Jurassic World 3 is underway in Merritt and area

VIDEO: Wet’suwet’en supporters vow to keep protesting at B.C. legislature

Supporters say they will continue ongoing action to hold government accountable

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

B.C. seniors’ watchdog calls for better oversight after recent problems at Retirement Concepts care homes

‘There is no financial incentive right now to be a good operator’ - Isobel Mackenzie

Volunteers share amazing memories of Vancouver Olympic games

A decade ago this month, Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Approximately… Continue reading

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

B.C. city rebrands with new logo, cheeky slogan

‘Langford, where it all happens’ is the City’s new slogan

Most Read