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Driver in fatal accident co-operative, didn't appear impaired, paramedic says

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A young Winnipeg man involved in a fatal collision showed no signs of impairment other than having a faint odour of liquor on his breath, a city paramedic testified Tuesday.

As well, Vann Hansell said he consumed two beers in the hours before becoming involved in a collision on Dugald Road that killed Mark Derry, Lisa Glowasky told court Tuesday.

"Other than the odour of alcohol on his breath, I noticed no other abnormalities," Glowasky said of her Sept. 6, 2011 treatment of Hansell about 15 minutes after the crash. "I do recall him being very concerned about the other driver."

Hansell, 22, is on trial in Court of Queen's Bench charged with criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death.

Derry, 53, died in hospital of injuries he suffered when Hansell's truck swerved into oncoming traffic and struck his Dodge Neon, court has heard.

Several witnesses have testified Hansell said he was texting on his cellphone before the crash.

It appears he swerved and struck Derry while trying to avoid rear-ending eastbound cars that were stopped, waiting for a city water crew to finish loading equipment at the side of Dugald. Hansell managed to pull himself out of his Toyota truck, which became airborne and tipped over on its side in the collision.

Glowasky treated him at the scene, describing him as very co-operative, not slurring his words and comprehending what was going on around him.

"He understood everything, didn't he?" defence lawyer Sheldon Pinx asked.

"Yes. He did," said Glowasky.

In addition to admitting he'd consumed beer and was texting on his phone, Hansell also volunteered he'd smoked a very small amount of marijuana that morning, Glowasky said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 14, 2014 B3

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