Dates set for upcoming fatality inquiries

Dates for fatality review hearings have been set and others are in the works for five Central Albertans who have died in the last five years.

Dates for fatality review hearings have been set and others are in the works for five Central Albertans who have died in the last five years.

The inquiries are intended to determine the circumstances surrounding deaths, including the cause, manner and the identity of the deceased.

The fatal inquiry into the death of Christopher Michael Sisler, 33, of Sundre is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Didsbury provincial court.

Sisler died on April 13, 2010, and was involved in a single-vehicle rollover following a police pursuit. Sisler was ejected from the vehicle and died from his injuries.

The hearing into the death of Colin Cassell, 31, of Sylvan Lake, is scheduled from April 29 to May 3, 2013, in Fort McMurray provincial court.

On May 21, 2008, Cassell underwent emergency neurosurgery after a CT scan showed bleeding on his brain. His condition deteriorated and he died the same day. On May 8, Cassell had been detained in police custody, and then assessed at hospital after complaints of severe headache. He was discharged on May 9.

The inquiries into the deaths of Craig Christians, 43, of Stettler and Richard David Jacknife, 47, of Red Deer are among two of 43 hearings across the province that are waiting for scheduling, according to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s website.

On May 5, 2007, Christians was driving on a highway in his taxi cab when he failed to make a slight turn and drove head-on into an oncoming truck.

On Nov. 4, 2010, Jacknife, who was confined to a wheelchair, fell down a basement stairwell at his group home in Red Deer. He was transported to hospital, where he died on Nov. 11, 2010.

The fatality inquiry into the death of Bowden Institution inmate David Tung Louie, 38, of Innisfail is pending resolution of criminal matters. Tung was stabbed during an altercation with other inmates. He died on June 19, 2011.

This week, the report for Kaelyn Sahra Jalayne Shelton, 23, was released. Shelton died on Nov. 21, 2008, in Red Deer following a single-vehicle rollover on Spruce Drive after a short police chase on 48th Avenue. The judge ruled the death was accidental and the officer followed proper pursuit procedures. The report also indicated the woman had high levels of cocaine in her system. No recommendations were made to prevent similar deaths.

Provincial court judges preside over the hearings and may make recommendations to prevent similar incidents. After an inquiry, the judge releases a written report.

The judge, however, does not determine legal responsibility.

A fatal inquiry cannot begin until all investigations, criminal charges and appeal matters have been resolved.

Mandatory inquiries under the Fatality Inquiries Act may include the death of a person who dies in police custody, on and off correctional institution premises, as a result of the use of force by a peace officer while on duty, deaths of involuntary mental hospital patients and deaths of foster children.

Inquiries will be held in all cases, unless the Fatality Review Board is satisfied the death was due to natural causes. Other mandatory cases under the act may include accidental deaths and deaths resulting from the use or abuse of alcohol and drugs.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP, city, health officials join forces in problem-property crackdown

Eastview property had generated recurring complaints to RCMP

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

HAVANA — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea… Continue reading

Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan Tuesday… Continue reading

GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House

WASHINGTON — For much of the last 20 years, John Bolton was… Continue reading

More than 200 cabinet-appointed positions remain empty, says memo to PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned that more than… Continue reading

Country music fans enjoy free concert at Red Deer mall, ahead of ACMA awards

Fans like to get up close and personal and that’s exactly what… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Feb. 1 A Jump Rope Competition will be held at the Abbey… Continue reading

David Marsden: Let’s see success at Westerner Park

It’s encouraging that Westerner Park has admitted it needs the support of… Continue reading

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

HAVANA — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea… Continue reading

Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan Tuesday… Continue reading

GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House

WASHINGTON — For much of the last 20 years, John Bolton was… Continue reading

More than 200 cabinet-appointed positions remain empty, says memo to PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned that more than… Continue reading

Alberta climate plan part of cabinet decision on oilsands mine: Wilkinson

OTTAWA — The federal cabinet’s decision on a huge new Alberta oilsands… Continue reading

Things for people in Canada to know about the coronavirus

Two cases of the new deadly strain of coronavirus have been identified… Continue reading

Most Read