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RCMP upgrade charges in November fatal Coalhurst intersection crash

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A Lethbridge man is now facing four charges in connection to a fatal crash at the Coalhurst intersection two months ago.

36 year old Wesley Brian Phillips was originally charged with refusing to provide a blood sample.

Coaldale RCMP say they’ve upgraded the charges against Phillips to include operating of a motor vehicle while impaired, dangerous driving causing death, and failing to comply with a probation order.

A 66 year old Coalhurst woman was killed November 25th. She was stopped at a stop sign at Highway 3 and the railway tracks when a westbound car slammed into her SUV.

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Mounties said at the time both alcohol and speed were considered factors.

Phillips is scheduled to have his case back in a Lethbridge courtroom on February 14th.

Wesley Brian Phillips has now been charges with;

  1. Failure or refusal to comply with a demand resulting in a collision causing death – contrary to Section 320.15(1) of the Criminal Code.
  2. Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired/over 80mg% causing death – contrary to Section 320.15(3) of the Criminal Code.
  3. Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death – Contrary ro Section 320.13(3) of the Criminal Code.
  4. Fail to comply with a probation order – contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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