Transport truck driver, company, facing various charges in connection to death of 36-year-old woman last October

Just after 7:30 a.m. on that Wednesday morning, EPS Southwest Division officers responded to a report of a minivan travelling eastbound on Lessard Rd., being struck by an object that fell off a semi-tractor unit.

Edmonton, Alberta – A 66-year-old male transport driver and his trucking company have been charged with various traffic-related offences in connection to the death of a 36-year-old female driver on Lessard Road back on Oct. 28, 2020.

Just after 7:30 a.m. on that Wednesday morning, EPS Southwest Division officers responded to a report of a minivan travelling eastbound on Lessard Rd., being struck by an object that fell off a semi-tractor unit. The 36-year-old female driver of the mini-van was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Investigators determined that an eight-wheel converter dolly separated from the semi-tractor-trailer unit and struck the driver side of the van. The semi-tractor unit was travelling westbound on Lessard Rd., when the dolly dislodged from the truck and crossed the centre median and into oncoming traffic, before colliding with the van.

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EPS Major Collision investigators have since charged Errol Hunt, the 66-year-old driver of the transport truck, with various traffic and vehicle safety offences including:

Failure to prepare trip inspection report as specified under the Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulations (CVSR)

The brakes of the trailer referred to in subsection (1) must, if the trailer breaks away from the towing vehicle, at the time that the trailer breaks away, be automatically applied, as specified under the CVSR.

Operate commercial vehicle in a prohibited manner contrary to regulations under the Traffic Safety Act.

Operate a heavy truck off truck route as stipulated under City of Edmonton Bylaw 5590.

Investigators have also charged Rene Transport Ltd., the trucking company involved, with various offences including:

Trailer hitch’s latch mechanism does not close securely contrary to the CVSR

Equipment safety system not maintained in good working order, as specified by the manufacturer, and contrary to the CVSR.

Attachments for towing trailer do not have sufficient strength to pull all weight towed contrary to the CVSR.

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: TR20R020-1

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