One year after a Stettler high school student was killed in a single-vehicle crash, a young Stettler man is scheduled to appear at a preliminary inquiry next February.
Trevor James Dahl, 19, faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal crash.
Dahl didn’t appear in Stettler Provincial Court last week when Judge E. D. Riemer confirmed a preliminary inquiry, set for Feb. 26 and 27 in Stettler, would determine whether the case has enough evidence to proceed to trial.
Along with two new charges of failing to comply with conditions, Dahl faces charges of operating a motor vehicle causing death, dangerous driving of a motor vehicle causing death, and failing to supply a blood sample.
Stettler RCMP reported that Dahl was heavily intoxicated as the driver of a pickup truck that left a dirt road near Stettler in the early-morning hours of Feb. 11 and crashed into trees, killing passenger Koralea Boettger, 17. At the time, Boettger was a Grade 12 student at William E. Hay Composite High School.
Last week, Dahl was represented in court by an agent for his lawyer.
Several other impaired charges led to stiff sentences last week, as offenders were prohibited from driving for one year:
— Robert Lee Logan, 27, of Stettler was fined $1,600 for driving over the legal limit of .08 milligrams, with readings of 352 and 250 on June 9.
“It exceeded three times the legal limit,” said Judge Riemer.
— Justin Primrose, 19, was fined $1,200 for driving over the legal limit of .08 milligrams, with readings of 180 and 185 on Dec. 1, 2011, in Stettler.
— Darcy Lee Shepherd, 19, was fined $1,000 for exceeding the legal limit, with readings of 116 and 107 on April 20 in Settler.
— Wade Bradley Zurfluh, 50, was fined $1,500 for obstruction of a peace officer for failing to comply with a Stettler RCMP officer who instructed him to empty his mouth of chewing tobacco after he was stopped while driving his vehicle.
— In a special court date for trials last Friday, Robert Sean Bishop, 24, was fined $500 each for driving while his licence was suspended and for careless driving for driving a truck in Alix in September 2009 when he rolled the vehicle along the railway tracks.
While he was suspended from driving for another year, Bishop was also fined $100 for failing to appear in court.