RCMP have charged a Manitoba Fire Commissioner employee with causing an October highway crash that killed two teens.
Timothy Langevin made his first court appearance Monday on charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. His case was adjourned until Jan. 24. Langevin remains free on bail. None of the allegations have been proven and he is presumed innocent.
Langevin, 45, was allegedly behind the wheel of a fire commissioner truck when he rear-ended a car on the Trans-Canada Highway west of MacGregor. Both vehicles were travelling east at the time of the Saturday afternoon crash.
He was on-duty at the time, according to a provincial spokesperson.
Charles Friesen, 17, formerly of Austin, but recently living in Winnipeg, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Daden Bruhm, 14, of Sidney, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but died shortly after.
Two others -- Jayver Krahn and Ryan Lloyd -- were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The four men went to school -- or had graduated -- from MacGregor Collegiate Institute in MacGregor, a town within sight of the crash scene. According to area residents, they had just attended a Youth for Christ event.
RCMP have said alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash but have provided no other details about how or why it occurred. The investigation had been ongoing with assistance from a traffic reconstructionist.
"This is a tragedy and we send our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those involved," the a spokesman for the Fire Commissioner’s Office told the Free Press following the crash. "The RCMP are investigating and it would not be appropriate to make any further comment on the incident at this time."