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Fatal crash case adjourned indefinitely

The man accused of causing a fatal collision in Red Deer on Canada Day 2010 has had his trial date adjourned indefinitely.

Anouluck “Jeffrey” Chanminraj, 13, was killed and his brother and sister, Jamie and Stephanie, 18 and 20, were both injured in a two-vehicle collision while heading to Bower Ponds to watch the fireworks.

Rodney Ross Arens, 35, is accused of impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and other charges in connection with the crash.

Arens had an eight-week trial with judge and jury in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench, scheduled to start on March 25.

However, it was deemed in court on Monday that the trial could not go ahead as scheduled because Arens needs more time to find a new lawyer.

Originally represented by Red Deer lawyer Will Willms, Arens advised Justice Monica Bast in Court of Queen’s Bench that he has not yet found another lawyer who is able to commit the time needed to run the trial as scheduled.

Bast gave him one more month to find new counsel.

Arens is to return on March 4 to set a new date for his trial.

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