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Suspect in fatal Red Deer crash wants a new lawyer

A Red Deer man charged in a collision that killed a boy in 2010 told Red Deer court today that he wants a new lawyer.

Rodney Arens, 35, faces a series of charges, including dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death.

Arens is to return to court on Feb. 4. He is slated for an eight-week trial to start on March 25 in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

The charges stem from a collision on Canada Day 2010 where Anouluck “Jeffrey” Chanminaraj, 13, died at the scene. His sister, Stephanie and brother, Jamie, 20 and 18 at the time, were both hurt in the collision.

Red Deer City RCMP alleged at the time that three members of the Chanminaraj family were in a small car heading to Bower Ponds to view the Canada Day fireworks when their vehicle was involved in a collision with a heavy-duty pickup truck. The collision occurred at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Kerry Wood Drive.

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