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Driver in fatal salon crash sent to trial

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Kendall Wiebe was killed when a Jeep Liberty crashed into a hair salon in April 2012.

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A Winnipeg man will stand trial for a deadly high-speed crash into a hair salon.

Adebola Shoyoye, 34, claims the tragic April 2012 incident was the result of circumstances beyond his control. He pleaded not guilty at the start of a preliminary hearing this week to charges including criminal negligence causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous operation causing death and dangerous operation causing bodily harm.

On Wednesday, a provincial court judge ordered Shoyoye to stand trial on only the dangerous-driving allegations. The criminal-negligence charges were dismissed. No trial dates have been set.

None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent. A court-ordered ban prevents details of the preliminary hearing being published.

Kendall Wiebe, 27, was killed in the April 2012 crash and another woman was seriously injured. Police spent six months investigating before charging Shoyoye, who proclaimed his innocence in a Free Press interview.

Police said their investigation, which included working with Transport Canada and Chrysler Canada, could find no mechanical problems with the 2012 Jeep Liberty Shoyoye was driving that day. They said the only conclusion police were left with was driver error.

Steve Cancilla, Wiebe's's common-law husband, said at the time he didn't believe Shoyoye's version of events. Cancilla said there were plenty of opportunities for Shoyoye to stop the Jeep before it hit the hair salon and he could have crashed it into parked cars or empty businesses.

Wiebe was the mother of the couple's four-year-old daughter, Brynn, and was helping raise Cancilla's nine-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 27, 2014 B3

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