Thirty-eight year old Cole Kenneth Archibald MacDonald was found guilty in a Dawson Creek court today for the 2016 deaths of a man and woman.
Justice Michael Brundett says an impaired MacDonald swerved into the oncoming lane, killing the pair in a head on collision along Highway 97 just outside Chetwynd on June 26, 2016.
“I find that the collision was caused by the accused’s impaired ability to drive,” said Brundett. “I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused’s impaired ability was a deciding factor in these deaths.”
Fentanyl and benzodiazepines were determined to be the substances causing the impairment.
MacDonald appeared in person for the judgement. No pills or alcohol were found in his vehicle by RCMP, says Brundett. MacDonald suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment, where he failed tests for impairment. Urine samples were taken, which tested positive for fentanyl and benzodiazepines.
Brundett said road conditions were not a factor.
“Weather conditions on the day of the collision were warm dry and clear, there were no issues with the road surface,” he said, adding substantial front end damage was found on both MacDonald’s and the victims’ vehicle, which could only have been caused by the accused swerving into the oncoming lane.
MacDonald was convicted of two separate charges of impaired driving causing death. One for each victim.