Bail decision pending for accused in fatal accident

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A man accused in a motor vehicle collision which claimed the lives of two young people has had a date for bail hearing set.

Counsel Hugh Sommerville appeared in court for Richard Douglas Bell of Elnora, who is currently in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre and appeared by Closed Caption Television (CCTV), for a show cause hearing in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, July 22.

Mr. Bell is facing a number of charges including two charges of criminal negligence causing death stemming from a motor vehicle collision on June 17, 2022.

Two vehicles were travelling northbound on Highway 21 north of Three Hills when the second vehicle rear-ended the first. The first vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and was struck by a southbound semi.

The occupants of the first car, identified as 20-year-old Macy Boyce and 21-year-old Ethan Halford, were pronounced deceased on scene.

Family members of both victims appeared in the courtroom, holding photos of the young couple, while the Honourable Judge J. Schriar, Crown, and counsel discussed bail hearing.

Judge Schriar agreed to appear in Drumheller court on Friday, July 29 via CCTV to make a decision on Bell’s bail. She also requested for Mr. Bell appear from the Calgary Remand Centre via CCTV.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail

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