Child’s death subject of Kelowna trial

Witnesses take the stand to recall moment car hit and kill a six-year old boy who had been jaywalking across Harvey Avenue with his mother.

Cody Richard Wengenmayr sat still in a Kelowna courtroom with his eyes fixed ahead, as witnesses  recalled the moment they allegedly heard his car hit and kill a six-year old boy who had been jaywalking across Harvey Avenue with his mother.

“I heard a crunch first, and the brakes immediately afterward,” said Jordan LaRue, a witness to the events of Aug. 30, 2010, who was sitting in the Denny’s parking lot at the time of the impact.

LaRue testified Monday that from his vantage point, he could see something rolling and a Honda rapidly slowing its pace in the HOV lane.

“I got up and walked toward the highway to see what was there,” he said. “I saw a young boy lying in the road.”

The child had landed “15 to 20 feet” in front of the Honda, and LaRue called 911.

He then checked to see if the child had a pulse and administered CPR until he handed the responsibility off to another.

His friend Noah Lansing, who also testified Monday, had a similar recollection, although he focused his efforts on traffic control in the moments after the crash.

He, like LaRue, saw the Honda slow down, then turn into the Denny’s parking lot.

Two blonde men—one of whom was Wengenmayr—got out of the car, and sat on the curb in the parking lot. They were never witnessed drinking, or eating, anything.

At the same time, the 36-year-old mother of the child was seen lying on a strip of grass by the highway further up the road, being tended to by passersby, and a yellow push-scooter sat abandoned on the edge of the road.

Both witnesses saw another man park a light coloured SUV on the highway across from the Denny’s parking lot and speak to Wengenmayr.

“He told the guy on the curb to not move… stay where he was,” said LaRue, noting it was said in an “angry tone of voice.”

“There were a few curses in there, too.”

Police arrived shortly thereafter.

Wengenmayr, 21,  is facing six charges, including impaired driving causing death, which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The trial is expected to continue throughout the week, and Crown Counsel is expected to call upon a dozen witnesses.

Kelowna Capital News