Driver of semi in fatal collision near Portage la Prairie fined $3K after guilty plea

By | April 17, 2019

The driver of a semi-truck charged in a fatal collision near Portage la Prairie, Man., has pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving in a court appearance Wednesday.

Gurjant Singh of British Columbia was initially charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and criminal negligence causing death, but those charges have now been stayed.

Singh has been fined $3,000 and given a one year-driving prohibition.

The charges stem from a crash at the intersection of Highways 1 and Highway 16 in August 2017.

A westbound semi carrying a load of pipes on Highway 1 collided with a car heading south on Highway 16.

The people in the car — a 19-year-old woman from the R.M. of Alonsa, Man., and a 17-year-old boy from Portage la Prairie were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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