B.C. high court rejects appeal from Kamloops driver in deadly crash

By The Canadian Press
January 25, 2016 - 12:53pm

VANCOUVER — A 54-year-old pickup driver who survived a crash in Kamloops, B.C., that killed his two passengers nearly six years ago has lost an appeal of his convictions for dangerous driving causing death.

Three B.C. Court of Appeal justices agreed that data seized from the “black box” of Rodney Fedan’s pickup was correctly admitted at his B.C. Supreme Court trial.

Fedan argued unsuccessfully that seizure of data from his truck’s sensing diagnostic module violated his charter rights.

The Court of Appeal rejected the arguments, ruling the data provided critical and reliable information about the travel of the truck in the five seconds before it veered off a winding street, travelling 106 kilometres per hour.

In October 2014, Fedan was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for three years, but was not convicted of impaired driving after two blood samples were ruled inadmissible.

Twenty-year-old Brittany Plotnikoff and 38-year-old Ken Craigdallie died at the scene in the March, 2010 crash.

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