Guilty pleas expected for charges from fatal crash in Corner Brook

Gary Kean
Published on May 6, 2014
Shane Gregory Anstey is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook in this file photo.

Star file photo

Shane Gregory Anstey is expected to enter guilty pleas to two charges against him related to a car crash that killed his friend, Kyle Butt last summer.

Butt, 20, was a passenger in the car that went off the road on Griffin Drive in Corner Brook at around 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 19.

According to police, Butt was ejected from the car being driven by 23-year-old Anstey. The police said Butt was alive, though unresponsive, at the scene and was later pronounced dead at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

In addition to Butt, a 25-year-old woman passenger in the car was injured. Anstey was also injured in the accident, but the injuries suffered by him and the woman were considered not life-threatening.

Anstey was later charged with dangerous driving causing death and with dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

When Anstey’s matters were called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday morning, his lawyer informed Judge Kymil Howe that the charges will likely be dealt with by guilty pleas.

Timothy O’Brien, the defence lawyer who appeared via teleconference, said he and his client were still awaiting some disclosure from the Crown before being in a position to enter any pleas. O’Brien also indicated his client will be requesting a pre-sentence report be done on him if he does plead guilty.

Crown attorney Lori St. Croix told Howe that the outstanding disclosure information would be relevant to sentencing and agreed to set another date for the entry of pleas.

The matters will be called again in provincial court June 10.