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Appeal Court orders new trial for man convicted in crash that killed teen

RED DEER — A Central Alberta man who was sentenced to prison for causing a Canada Day crash that killed a 13-year-old boy is getting a new trial.

The Alberta Court of Appeal has quashed convictions against Rodney Arens of impaired and dangerous driving causing death and injury.

Arens was found guilty in 2014 in a collision on July 1, 2010, and was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.

He argued before the Appeal Court that the judge convicted him with insufficient evidence that Arens was impaired and rejected testimony favourable to him.

The high court ruled there was a miscarriage of justice because the judge relied on some evidence that was no longer relevant.

Arens is due in court on March 7 to set new trial dates.

Jeffrey Chanminaraj was killed and his older brother was seriously injured after the car they were riding in was hit by a speeding truck at a Red Deer intersection.

Jeffrey was a passenger in the front seat of the car and was killed on impact.

His brother Jamie was airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

The car's driver, their 20-year-old sister Stephanie, was also treated for injuries.

The siblings were on their way to a fireworks display.

 
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