WHL player enters guilty plea in fatal accident

Aaron VickersUncategorized0 Comments

A 17-year-old major junior hockey player admitted he was at the wheel when he lost control of the vehicle which rolled and killed its female passenger in an accident just outside Cochrane last April.

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible pleaded guilty via his lawyer, Tim Foster, to dangerous driving causing the death of 18-year-old Regina, SK. native Emily Matthewson.

“He had been out socializing with friends…There was some alcohol consumed, but we were unable to determine how much,” Crown prosecutor Mac Vomberg told provincial court Judge Gerald Meagher in Cochrane youth court. “He was driving 182 kilometres per hour in an 80 zone, hit a dip in the road, lost control and his vehicle went end over end. The victim was wearing a seatbelt and suffered a broken neck and died at the scene.”

Vomberg dropped the charges of impaired driving causing death and driving over the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 after the guilty plea.

The prospect went undrafted in the NHL’s annual selection process in June.

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