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Calgary driver accused of drunk driving after fatal accident

A 38-year-old man was killed in a tragic bicycle versus car crash in Calgary. The crash happened during the early morning hours on April 26, when the cyclist was struck by a car. Following the collision, the motorist who struck the man drove away.

However, in an uncommon turn of events, the fleeing motorist turned himself into authorities after the crash. The 24-year-old man was arrested after reporting to the police. Authorities have charged him with dangerous driving causing death, drunk driving causing death and failing to stop at a fatal crash site.

If convicted of the charges, the driver could be sent to jail for a number of years. Nevertheless, he will be entitled to a criminal defence. Considering the potential consequences if he is convicted, he will want to handle this matter carefully.

In addition to his criminal law repercussions, this man could also face wrongful death claims in civil court. Indeed, family members of the cyclist who died may have the ability to seek financial compensation relating to the incident, and any evidence brought forward in the criminal trial could also be used against the man in civil court.

Depending on the strength of the facts and evidence prosecutors bring forward against this man, he may decide to either defend himself against the charges or plead guilty in an attempt to reach a plea deal. If he enters into a plea deal, then he will likely plead guilty to one or more charge in exchange for a reduction in the severity of punishments.

Source: newsalk770.com, "Man Charged After Hit And Run Kills Cyclist," Keith McCullough, April 27, 2016

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