May 29, 2015 - ALI ALAJANDRO MONTOYA, ACCUSED IN CALGARY DOUBLE-FATAL IMPAIRED DRIVING COLLISION, TO REMAIN BEHIND BARS UNTIL AT LEAST WEDNESDAY

The suspect in a double-fatality crash which killed a Calgary cabbie and his passenger will remain behind bars until at least Wednesday.

Provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham heard submissions from Crown and defence lawyers Friday on whether Ali Alajandro Montoya should be released on bail pending trial.

At the request of defence lawyer Alain Hepner, the judge imposed a publication ban on the submissions of counsel for both sides.

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.

Kharbanda, 46, was killed instantly and Lavallee, 25, died later in hospital after his cab was involved in a three-vehicle collision at Macleod Tr. and 12 Ave. S.E. Police allege a Cadillac Escalade ran a red light at the intersection around 2 a.m., striking the Toyota Prius being 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.

The accused appeared in court via closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Remand Centre and could be heard crying at times during the lengthy proceeding.

Among those in attendance were Kharbanda’s widow, Herpreet, and their two daughters, who earlier protested outside the Calgary Courts Centre.

Fradsham will make a ruling on Wednesday.

Source: Calgary Sun


 

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