Criminal charges stayed after two Fort McMurray pedestrians killed

Charges of dangerous driving causing death have been stayed against a Fort McMurray man arrested at the scene last summer where two pedestrians were run down and killed.

The 48-year-old man now faces one count of careless driving under the Traffic Safety Act.

The original Criminal Code charges were stayed in Fort McMurray provincial court on Wednesday.

Defence lawyer Lauren Garcia told the court her client will plead not guilty to the careless driving charge.

A trial date will be set for later this year.

The collision happened in the Fort McMurray subdivision of Wood Buffalo on Real Martin Drive. (David Thurton/CBC)

Hadi ‘Dani’ Eljamal, 56, and Sana Elache, 52, were out for an evening walk in Fort McMurray on Sept. 6, 2017, when they were struck by a SUV on Real Martin Drive.

​Eljamal was a father of three who moved to Canada from Lebanon in 2005. Elache was a wife and mother and was president of the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo.

CBC News has contacted the Justice Department for comment about why the charges were stayed.

Under law, the Crown has one year to recommence those stayed charges.

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