May 14, 2015 - BAIL HEARING DELAYED FOR MAN ACCUSED IN CALGARY CRASH THAT KILLED TAXI DRIVER AMRITPAL KHARBANDA AND JILLIAN LAVALLEE


The city man charged in a crash that killed a Calgary cabbie and his fare will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks.

Lawyer Pawel Milczarek appeared for defence counsel Alain Hepner on Thursday to reschedule Ali Alajandro Montoya’s bail hearing to May 29.

Montoya was scheduled to seek his release Thursday, but the hearing did not proceed.

Milczarek told provincial court Judge Joanne Durant the release application will instead take place later in the month.

Montoya, 20, faces two charges of criminal negligence causing death in the May 2 crash, which killed cab driver Amritpal Kharbanda and his passenger, Jillian Lavallee.

The three-vehicle collision at Macleod Tr. and 12 Ave. S.E. instantly killed Kharbanda, 46. Lavallee, 25, died later in hospital.

Police allege a Cadillac Escalade ran a red light at the intersection around 2 a.m., striking a Toyota Prius, driven by Kharbanda, and a second car.

The driver of the second car was also injured.

Police said both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

In addition to the criminal negligence charges, which includes one alleging he caused bodily harm, Montoya also faces three impaired charges, two involving deaths and one injury.

Montoya, who made his court appearance via closed-circuit TV, did not speak during the brief proceeding.

Prosecutor Meagan Blake earlier indicated the Crown will be opposing any bid by Montoya to be freed pending trial on the charges.

Source: Calgary Sun


 

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