Alleged driver in New Annan fatality makes brief court appearance

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A firefighter directs traffic around the scene of the Oct. 15 single-vehilce fatal rollover along Route 2 in New Annan.

SUMMERSIDE — The alleged driver in the October crash that killed a Summerside man will be back in provincial court in January to elect mode of trial and enter pleas on charges of impaired driving and impaired driving causing death.

Roger Irwin Faithfull, 57, made a brief appearance in Summerside provincial court Thursday morning. Faithfull is charged in connection with the Oct. 15 single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of 53-year-old Paul Gerard Cormier.

Several members of Cormier’s family were also in the courtroom.

No facts or information related to the case were presented.

According to information released by police at the time, the vehicle in which Cormier was a passenger crossed the centre line on Route 2 in New Annan and the driver — alleged to be Faithfull — overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll over into the ditch on the opposite side of the road.

The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Cormier was taken to Prince County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Faithfull was taken into custody and failed a breathalyzer following the crash.

Crown attorney Jonathan Greenan requested the one-month adjournment, noting he had yet to receive the accident reconstructionist’s report.

Faithfull is being represented by public defender Jonathan Matters.

Judge Jeff Lantz adjourned election and pleas on the charges — impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood alcohol level over 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood causing death and impaired driving — until Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.

Organizations: Route 2, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, New Annan

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  • tim tonkin
    December 07, 2012 - 14:57

    Is he the alleged driver or is it he is an alleged drunk driver . I think the authorities know who was driving do they not?

  • Let Us Hope
    December 07, 2012 - 11:44

    Let's hope he does the right thing for the families involved and pleads guilty saving our tax dollars and a family more grief. When they own the wrong choices they make they deserve some leniency. I also hope that our judicial system will soon see this ongoing problem is not going away and toughen up on all offenders before more lives are lost.