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Lower Vaughan man charged following fatal Bog Road crash could have bail revoked

On June 22, the one-lane bridge on Bog Road in Mount Denson was closed to traffic. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure officials are reviewing its structural integrity.
On June 22, the one-lane bridge on Bog Road in Mount Denson was closed to traffic. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure officials are reviewing its structural integrity.

WINDSOR, NS - A Lower Vaughan man who will be sentenced later this month on two charges stemming from a fatal car crash on Bog Road in Mount Denson in June could have his bail revoked.

Andrew Blaine Rafuse, 25, was present in Windsor provincial court in custody on Sept. 29, charged with two counts of failing to comply with his recognizance in Windsor on Sept. 24.

It’s alleged that he failed to comply with a condition to observe daily curfew and remain in his residence from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. It’s also alleged that he failed to comply with a condition to refrain from the possession, use or consumption of any alcoholic beverages or non-medically prescribed drugs as defined by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The Crown was opposed to Rafuse’s release and he was held in custody until Oct. 2 for a bail hearing. The Crown remained opposed to Rafuse’s release and the matters were put over to Oct. 3 at the request of the defence. Rafuse consented to being remanded in custody.

Rafuse pleaded guilty in August to dangerous driving causing death; and having control of a vehicle that was involved in an accident, with intent to escape civil or criminal liability, failing to stop his vehicle, give his name and address and offer assistance to an injured party. He committed the offences in Mount Denson on June 22.

These matters were adjourned to Oct. 27 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing and for disposition on two remaining charges. These include criminal negligence causing death by operating a motor vehicle at an excessive rate of speed and swerving on Bog Road, causing the death of a man; and operating a motor vehicle while his ability to operate was impaired by a combination of alcohol and drug.

On June 23, the Crown agreed to Rafuse’s conditional release on his own $1,000 non-cash recognizance with conditions. The Crown is expected to make an application to revoke Rafuse’s conditional release on Oct. 3.

On June 22 at 1:03 a.m., Hantsport firefighters were alerted to a single-vehicle rollover with entrapment. The crash occurred on a one-lane bridge on Bog Road in Mount Denson. On arrival, firefighters saw a four-door passenger sedan on its side blocking the bridge.

All four occupants were either ejected or self-extricated from the vehicle. A 22-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle, Dashonn States, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers, a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old, were transported to Valley Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 25-year-old Lower Vaughan man, was reported by the RCMP to have fled the scene prior to police arrival. He was later arrested without incident.

The case was in the spotlight in July when demonstrators gathered outside the Hants County Courthouse, saying that the accused was getting preferential treatment from the court because he is white and the victim, States, is black. (weblink - http://www.hantsjournal.ca/news/local/2017/7/25/demonstrators-demand-justice-from-system-they-call-rigged-outsid.html

The crown prosecutor, Bill Fergusson, said he wouldn’t comment on the matter. 

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

- With files from Carole Morris-Underhill and Colin Chisholm

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