Trial approaches for rollover death

Young Jaffray man faces trial in June over 2010 fatal rollover crash.

  • Apr. 16, 2013 8:00 p.m.

A young man charged in relation to a June 2010 accident that killed a 23-year-old Jaffray man will have a trial in Cranbrook starting June 10, 2013.

Jaffray resident Kyle Neidig faces charges of criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, and causing an accident resulting in death.

In Cranbrook Provincial Court on Monday, April 15, Crown prosecutor Lianna Swanson and Neidig’s defense counsel Neil Robertson confirmed that an eight-day trial by judge can precede starting on June 10. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for May 6.

The charges against Neidig are relating to the June 11, 2010 accident that occurred four kilometres east of Cranbrook city limits on Highway 3/95. The accident claimed the life of 23-year-old passenger Ian Charles Alan Shepherd, also of Jaffray.

After a lengthy investigation, charges were filed against Neidig in April of 2011.

The investigation by RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services revealed that during the violent rollover crash Shepherd was not wearing his seatbelt, while Neidig was not injured as he was wearing his seatbelt. Shepherd was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.