Hearing starts for accused in collision, death of teen

A preliminary hearing began Monday for a Red Deer man charged in a July 1, 2010, crash near Bower Ponds that left a 13-year-old dead. The hearing is expected to last up to 10 days in Red Deer provincial court for the 34-year-old accused man.

A preliminary hearing began Monday for a Red Deer man charged in a July 1, 2010, crash near Bower Ponds that left a 13-year-old dead.

The hearing is expected to last up to 10 days in Red Deer provincial court for the 34-year-old accused man.

On Canada Day of 2010, a two-vehicle collision occurred around 10:55 p.m. involving a heavy duty pickup truck driven by the accused as he headed northbound on Taylor Drive.

Police allege this driver struck the passenger side of a small southbound car as its driver, a 20-year-old woman, was turning left onto Kerry Wood Drive.

Anouluck ‘Jeffrey’ Chanminaraj died in the crash. Two other people in the vehicle were injured.

Rodney Ross Arens was charged with impaired driving causing death, one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm, one count of dangerous driving causing death, one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, three counts of refusal to provide a breath sample and one count of breach of conditions.

A preliminary hearing is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused to stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench.

A publication ban was ordered on Monday on the evidence that will come forward during the hearing.

A number of witnesses are expected to be called.

Arens is being represented by defence lawyer Will Willms of Red Deer.

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