September court date for man charged in fatal Canada Day crash

A Red Deer man facing charges after a Canada Day crash that killed a 13-year-old boy reserved his election through a lawyer on Friday.

A Red Deer man facing charges after a Canada Day crash that killed a 13-year-old boy reserved his election through a lawyer on Friday.

Rodney Ross Arens, 32, is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample, refusing to provide a breath sample after a vehicle collision causing death, and refusing to provide a breath sample after a vehicle collision causing bodily harm.

He is also charged with breaching a court order to not consume alcohol.

The case returns to Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 3.

Arens wasn’t in court on Friday when the charges against him were read aloud. A lawyer appeared on his behalf. Family members of the boy who died did attend court.

Police said earlier the two-vehicle collision occurred around 10:55 p.m. when a heavy-duty pickup truck travelling north on Taylor Drive allegedly struck the passenger side of a small southbound car at about 10:55 p.m. The driver of the car, a 20-year-old woman, was making a left turn onto Kerry Wood Drive.

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