LETHBRIDGE: A 28-year old Fort Macleod man was handed a $2,000 fine and 90-day license suspension Thursday morning, after pleading guilty to careless driving in a fatal pedestrian collision.
Joshua Van Herk admitted that on the night of April 22nd, 2012, he was talking on his cellphone while driving westbound on Highway 3, just west of the Scenic Drive overpass. It was there that he hit a 17-year old girl who was intoxicated and walking along the road. Van Herk did not immediately stop after the collision, saying he wasn't sure what he hit, but he did call police.
An investigation determined that the girl was Feather Love Grassy Water of Montana. She had been with a group of individuals riding around Lethbridge in car, until it was pulled over and police discovered the driver didn't have a license. The girl decided to walk to Brocket and proceeded to the Highway on foot.
The Crown pointed out during sentencing that all the street lights in the area were not working for some reason, adding that the victim was wearing dark clothing.
Van Herk's lawyer commented that the 90-day license suspension will be a greater punishment for his client than the average person, as he owns and operates a trucking business, and he stands to loss up to $15,000 a month.