Local briefs – December 5

A 14-year-old male actor with Tree House Youth Theatre is in serious condition in a Calgary hospital following a single car collision on Thursday night on Kerry Wood Drive

Young actor injured in Kerry Wood Drive crash

A 14-year-old male actor with Tree House Youth Theatre is in serious condition in a Calgary hospital following a single car collision on Thursday night on Kerry Wood Drive.

Red Deer City RCMP reports the driver of a vehicle travelling northwest of Bower Ponds on Kerry Wood Drive lost control at about 10:30 p.m. The car left the road, veered toward the right, and struck and severed a power line.

The 14-year-old male passenger from Red Deer suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by STARS air ambulance to Calgary.

The 16-year-old male driver had minor injuries and was treated and released from Red Deer hospital.

Police report that neither teenager was wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbags did deploy.

Poor road conditions and speed were factors in the collision. The accident is under investigation.

The seriously injured boy is a Tree House Youth Theatre actor, who was supposed to be opening Friday night in a production of Let it Snow at the Scott Block.

Director Matt Gould had to rewrite the show at the last minute because the injured youth could not take part.

The enthusiastic teen “will certainly be missed,” said Gould, who added his Tree House cast mates will be relieved to hear his injuries were non-life-threatening.


Man to remain

in custody

A Red Deer man charged in a single-vehicle crash in 2008 that killed his uncle will remain in custody.

Matthew Duda, 22, was remanded in custody until Dec. 11 so he can secure a lawyer, Red Deer court heard on Friday.

He faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident and provide assistance for an injured person in the June 4, 2008, rollover near Sylvan Lake. Ross Loblaw, 36, of Delburne was killed in the collision.

Murray Shack, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of Alberta, told court that Duda wanted to deal with the charges now but instead should obtain a lawyer.

The dangerous driving causing death charge carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.

Loblaw was found at the scene after being ejected from a pickup truck that was eastbound at the intersection of Hwys 11 and 20.

The truck ran into the median and rolled several times before coming to a stop, Sylvan Lake RCMP said.

Police searched the area but did not find anyone else during their initial investigation of the collision.

Police learned that the suspect went to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre later in the day to be treated for injuries suffered in a vehicle collision.

Police allege that Duda was driving the pickup and fled the scene after it rolled.


Man charged in stabbing in jail

A 21-year-old Red Deer man charged in a stabbing last weekend will remain in jail.

Keenan Timothy Eagles returns to Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to enter a plea on three charges after reserving his plea Friday.

He was charged after a 25-year-old man was allegedly stabbed during an altercation at a residence in the 870 block on Lancaster Drive about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Eagles is charged with aggravated assault, breaching probation and assault with a weapon.

The injured man was treated in hospital while another person was threatened with a bat.


CORRECTION

The time of the Kiwanis Christmas Carol Festival was missed in the brief on Page C1 of Thursday’s Advocate. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church on Monday. Donations to the Red Deer Food Bank and Christmas Bureau accepted.

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