Senior driver to face trial for accident fatality

An elderly man allegedly behind the wheel when a teenaged girl was struck and killed last year, will have to wait another year before he goes to trial.

An elderly man allegedly behind the wheel when a teenaged girl was struck and killed last year, will have to wait another year before he goes to trial.

George Kozub, 80, was charged back in October with the Motor Vehicle Act offence of driving without due care and attention in relation to the crash that killed 15-year-old Josie Evans. On Friday, his trial dates were scheduled.

His three-day trial is set for March 2012 and will centre around the events of Jan. 13, 2010.

Around 4:30 p.m. that day, Kozub was alleged to have been driving on Bottom Wood Lake Road near Mayrus Road when Evans, clad in dark clothing, was struck from behind as she walked in the same direction as traffic along the roadway, which didn’t have a sidewalk.

At the time, police said visibility was “extremely poor” as it was raining heavily and there were no street lights to illuminate the area.

The death of the George Elliot Secondary student prompted calls for road improvements in the area.

In the months following her passing, the speed limit in front of the Lake Country high school was reduced, fog lines were repainted and crosswalks were painted where sidewalks end to encourage students to walk facing traffic.

The District of Lake Country also says they have been pursuing grants to improve safety on the area roads.

As well, Lodge Road, also popular with students walking in the area, is expected to be reconstructed this year.