RCMP charge Lloydminster man in Sask. crash that killed 3 from Edmonton

RCMP have charged a man in connection with a fatal collision in Saskatchewan that killed three women from Edmonton last week.

Brandon Stucka, 26, of Lloydminster has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Staff Sgt. Rob Embree spoke to media Wednesday in Regina about the investigation into the fatal collision that occurred on Highway 16 near Lloydminster on Sept. 22.

A stolen flat-deck truck hit a minivan during the incident. Two women inside the van, 37 and 35, were pronounced dead at the scene, while a 53-year-old woman later died from her injuries. 

Stucka faces a total of 10 charges, which also include dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and flight from police. 

Stucka is in custody and is scheduled to appear in North Battleford provincial court Thursday via video. 

The RCMP have received criticism for their handling of the incident. Before the collision occurred, officers spotted a stolen truck and initiated a chase. However, their supervisor assessed the situation and called off the pursuit.

Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki defended the decision on Tuesday. He said since 2009, RCMP forces across Canada have been instructed not to engage in high-speed chases with stolen vehicles.

“A stolen vehicle is not worth putting someone’s life in jeopardy or at risk,” he said.

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