Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged a woman with first-degree murder and other charges in connection with a fatal motor vehicle – pedestrian collision in June of 2020.
On June 1, 2020, at about 4:40 p.m., members of the Lethbridge Police Service responded to a report of a motor vehicle – pedestrian collision in the west alley of the 900-block of 13 Street South. Prior to police arrival, the offending vehicle, a 2005 yellow Dodge Ram, fled the scene.
The victim, 30-year-old Austin James (AJ) Forsyth of Lethbridge, was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital by ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Over the course of the past several months, the LPS Violent Crimes Unit continued with its investigation. On March 2, 2021, at about 6 p.m., Melissa Dumaine Whitegrass, 37, of Lethbridge, was arrested at a northside residence and charged with: first-degree murder; dangerous driving causing death; and assault with a weapon. She has been remanded in custody with a court appearance scheduled for March 9, 2021.
Lethbridge Police can advise that Whitegrass and Forsyth were involved in a common-law relationship until 2017. Violent Crimes investigators are deeming this incident as a case of domestic violence, although there had been no previous domestic violence incidents between the two reported to LPS.
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