Man charged in fatal crash to return to court

A Lacombe man charged in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision will return to court on Dec. 5, when his lawyer anticipates entering a plea.

A Lacombe man charged in connection with a fatal motor vehicle collision will return to court on Dec. 5, when his lawyer anticipates entering a plea.

Matthew Lawrence Engelman, 24, was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a breath sample, after Sylvan Lake RCMP investigated a two-vehicle crash.

Emergency crews were called to a crash at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Aspelund Road, northwest of Sylvan Lake, at 9 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Police allege that a pickup truck crossed the centre line and struck an oncoming pickup truck.

A Breton man, 41-year-old Randy Pinch, was extracted from his vehicle and rushed by STARS air ambulance to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Pinch died in hospital on Oct. 2, with the result that charges against Engleman were upgraded to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Engelman and his lawyer, Michael Scrase of Red Deer, appeared briefly in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

Engelman remains free on a recognizance and $500 cash bail pending his next court appearance.

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