Man sentenced in relation to Christmas Day accidental death

Colin MacLean
Published on May 15, 2014

SUMMERSIDE – A man from Tignish has been sentenced in relation to an accident that killed a Kensington man on Christmas Day 2013.

Bailey Leo Carragher, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a motor vehicle, impaired driving and theft under $5,000.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail to be served intermittently and must repay more than $1,200 in court fines, fees, and reparations to the car owner’s insurance company. He must also serve 18 months of probation and is subject to a 24-month driving prohibition.

According to the facts presented in court and previously provided by the RCMP, Carragher was at a home just outside the border of the Town of Kensington, on Route 2, in the evening hours of Christmas Day.

At some point he got into an argument with 53-year-old Lowell D. Stavert along that busy stretch of highway.

At about 9:30 p.m. there was a brief scuffle and Stavert fell on the road. While still lying there, he was struck by a car and later died in hospital.  

The RCMP confirmed Thursday that Stavert’s death was later ruled to be accidental by the provincial coroner’s office.

Carragher, who was inebriated at the time of the accident, panicked and fled the scene. He took a car that wasn’t his and drove it to Charlottetown. He also took $685 in cash and gift cards from a purse he found in the vehicle.

At the time the incident was originally being reported in the media, police were actively searching for the second person involved in the argument.

Carragher was located a few days later.

He was officially charged on Jan 13, 2014,  one day before TC Media last reported on this case. No mention of any arrests were made by the RCMP the time.

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler said Thursday that the active investigation into this accident is now over and that no further charges are expected.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Stavert fell into traffic.