Fatal collision charges discussed

Lawyers are negotiating charges against a Cochrane man accused of killing four people and injuring another in a collision on Hwy 2 near Innisfail in early March.

Lawyers are negotiating charges against a Cochrane man accused of killing four people and injuring another in a collision on Hwy 2 near Innisfail in early March.

A total of 19 charges have been laid against Tyler James Stevens, 30. Stevens was arrested after two SUVs collided head-on in the southbound lanes at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.

Innisfail RCMP allege that a vehicle was travelling northbound in the southbound lane when it collided with an oncoming SUV carrying five people.

All five were temporary foreign workers employed at an Edmonton hotel.

Charges against Stevens included four counts each of criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death, along with additional charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and impaired driving causing bodily harm. He is also charged with refusing to provide a sample of his breath to police.

Red Deer lawyer Brad Mulder appeared for Stevens in Red Deer provincial court on Monday, acting as agent for Calgary lawyer Ian Savage. Mulder asked that Savage be given additional time to review the charges and negotiate a resolution with the Crown.

Stevens and his counsel are return to court with a proposal on Aug. 27.

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