An aboriginal musician has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a fiery crash that killed five people, including his wife.
Errol Ranville, of the country rock group C-Weed, was badly injured in a head-on collision Oct. 8, 2010 -- that killed his wife, Marcie, as well as four others from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation -- on Highway 10 near The Pas.
Nicole Jean Rabiscah-Hill, Jessica Dorion, Dion Constant and Ken Lathlin Jr., occupants of the second vehicle, died in the crash.
Ranville was charged last year with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act, after a lengthy investigation. But court records obtained by the Free Press show the Crown stayed the offence last Friday. No explanation was given.
Ranville and his wife of six years were heading to The Pas, where Ranville was going to perform, when the crash occurred. The couple's northbound Jeep Wrangler collided with a southbound Chevrolet Cavalier.
Ranville spent 62 days in hospital recovering and always maintained the driver of the other vehicle was at fault and had been drinking.
Harvey Pollock, Ranville's lawyer, told the Free Press his client was "terribly stressed" to be accused of responsibility. "It's a tragedy for anyone who's fatally injured in an automobile accident, young people, Errol had a young and committed wife. It's a terrible tragedy for him. But the driver of the other vehicle was highly intoxicated," he said.