Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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UPDATE: Charges laid after fatal crash near Cowley

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UPDATE:

Pincher Creek RCMP can confirm charges have been sworn for this fatal collision.

Charged is 39 year old Luke KESSLER of Cowley, AB. He is charged with Dangerous Driving Causing Death, Sec 320.13(3) and Fail to Stop after an accident resulting in a death, sec 320.16(3) both under the Criminal Code, also Driving left of center, sec 12(1), and Failing to hold a subsisting Drivers licence, Sec 51(a) both under the rules of the road regulations under the traffic safety act.

Kessler has been remanded in custody for Court Tuesday at 10 am, in Pincher Creek Provincial Court, to speak to release on the charges.


BACKGROUND:

RCMP are still investigating a fatal crash west of Cowley Friday night.

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It happened just before 9pm on Highway 3.

Mounties say a pickup truck and a pickup truck towing a  holiday trailer collided head-on about 1km west of Cowley.

The 59 year old female passenger of the truck towing the trailer died at the scene while the 60 year old male driver was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Police say the 39 year old driver of the other truck fled the scene on foot and was arrested several hours later at his home in Cowley.

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Criminal charges against him are pending.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

RCMP say the road was wet and rain was falling at the time.

Highway 3 at Cowley was closed for about 9 hours to allow for police and emergency services to respond.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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