May 07, 2015 - SECOND IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH CHARGE LAID AGAINST 20-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED IN SATURDAY'S DOUBLE-FATAL CRASH


New and upgraded charges were laid Thursday against a Calgary man accused of killing two people in an alcohol related crash.

Ali Alajandro Montoya appeared briefly in provincial court via closed-circuit TV to face a second charge of impaired driving causing death as well as allegations of criminal negligence.

Montoya, 20, now faces two charges each of impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death in an early Saturday morning crash which killed a cabbie and his passenger.

Montoya also faces charges of criminal negligence and impaired driving causing bodily harm in connection with serious injuries suffered by the driver of a third vehicle involved in the accident.

Police alleged a Cadillac Escalade ran a red light at 12 Ave. and Macleod Tr. S.E. around 2 a.m. striking a Toyota Prius being driven by 46-year-old Amritpal Kharbanda and a second car.

Kharbanda died at the scene while his passenger, Jillian Lavallee, was rushed to hospital.

Lavallee later died.

Montoya was originally charged with a single count of impaired driving causing death, but the second allegation was added after Lavallee succumbed to her injuries.

Defence lawyer Alain Hepner scheduled a bail hearing for his client for next Thursday.

Crown prosecutor Meaghan Blake said she will oppose Montoya’s application for release pending trial.

While both impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death carry the same maximum penalty of life in prison, the latter is considered the more serious offence and attracts stiffer punishments.

Source: Calgary Sun


 

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