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Defence for man charged with impaired operation of snowmobile causing death in Humber Valley awaiting disclosure


The defence lawyer for Thomas Whittle should soon have disclosure for the impaired driving causing death case against her client.

The 27-year-old from Conception Bay South was charged a month ago with four offences stemming from a snowmobiling accident near the Humber Valley Resort that resulted in the death of Justyn Pollard in February 2017.

Whittle is alleged to have been impaired by drug and alcohol while driving the machine when it struck a taxi. Pollard, 21, later died from his injuries at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook.

The charges against Whittle include dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, impaired operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood causing death, impaired operation by drug of a motor vehicle causing death and impaired operation by alcohol of a motor vehicle causing death.

The case was called in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday. Erin Breen, Whittle’s lawyer, said she had yet to receive the disclosure package from the Crown’s office.

Crown prosecutor Lori St. Croix said the disclosure had been sent and Breen should have it soon.

The case was then set over until April 24.

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