File photo by Advocate staff Dylan Beauclair, 21, is on trial for dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in Court of Queen’s Bench in Red Deer.

Red Deer courtroom hears driver was speeding before fatal crash

Collision analyst testifies

The driver involved in a fatal Canada Day crash that killed two people was speeding at 120 to 145 km/h, according to a collision analyst who took the courtoom stand Monday morning.

Dylan Beauclair, 21, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The Court of Queen’s Bench trial into the single-vehicle crash began last week.

John Dolliver, 18, of Penhold, and Ashleigh Smith, 16, of Springbrook, were killed about 10 kilometres east of Red Deer near the intersection of Range Road 261/ Highway 808 and Highway 595 at about 11:30 p.m. on July 1, 2016.

Two other passengers, teenage girls, were also in the car driven by Beauclair. One suffered serious facial injuries and the other was not seriously injured.

RCMP Const. Stephen Molnar said the speed limit in the area was 100 km/h and there was no indication the driver hit the brake pedal prior to the vehicle rotating, hitting the ditch and rolling. At one point, the vehicle struck a utility pole.

“Nobody seated in that vehicle was properly wearing their seatbelt,” said Molnar of the five occupants.

The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday before Justice Bill Hopkins.

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