Alleged drunk driver makes first court appearance

  • May. 27, 2015 3:11 p.m.

A man charged with impaired driving causing death made his first court appearance in Red Deer Provincial Court last week.

Chad Ryan Connatty, 30, faces numerous charges after a collision on May 20th in Red Deer that resulted in the death of a 44-year-old Springbrook man. He has been charged with impaired driving causing death, operation of a motor vehicle while driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 causing death, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, blood alcohol exceeding .08 and driving while disqualified.

Connatty is currently also before the courts on two other matters.

Red Deer RCMP responded to a collision between a Ford 150 and a motorcycle May 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of 19th St. and 30th Ave. Witnesses attempted to administer CPR to the driver of the motorcycle until Red Deer EMS and firefighters arrived. EMS staff worked hard to save the victim, a 44-year-old Springbrook man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene and his next of kin has been notified. His name will not be released at the request of the family.

The collision occurred when the truck, which was driving northbound on 30th Ave., attempted to turn left onto 19th St. and collided with the motorcycle, which was driving south on 30th Ave. The victim was wearing a helmet. An RCMP collision analyst attended and the intersection was blocked off for almost three hours while RCMP conducted their investigation.

Connatty was arrested at the scene for impaired driving causing death and was taken into custody.

Connatty will make his second appearance in Red Deer court on Friday.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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