POLICE: Traffic charges laid one year later in Rock Creek fatalities

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
June 10th, 2010

A Surrey man will be appearing in Grand Forks provincial court on July 27 to face charges for the deaths of three pedestrians in Rock Creek in 2009. 

West Kootenay Traffic Services have charged Ying Hsu Chen, 25, with driving without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act. Corporal John Ferguson said that the investigation was complicated with numerous witnesses across B.C. and the United States.

“The West Kootenay Traffic Services and a forensic collision reconstructionist conducted an extensive investigation and presented their findings to Nelson Crown Counsel who in turn consulted regional and provincial Crown Counsel,” said Ferguson. 

The tragic crash occurred on June 18, 2009 in Rock Creek when a vehicle struck and killed Hazel Lisowik, 63, her husband Richard Lisowik, 68, managers of the Kettle River RV Park, and Stephen Gilsenan, 57, from Maruba, Australia who all died at the scene. 

It was determined at the time that fatigue was a factor in the accident when Chen may have fallen asleep while driving his Ford Ranger truck. 

Chen’s first court appearance will be July 27, 2010 in Grand Forks.

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