32 year old Scott Erickson has pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death in connection to the November 2016 crash on Whoop-Up Drive.
Several more witnesses giving their testimony Thursday (Mar. 8) at the trial of a City of Lethbridge employee charged with dangerous driving causing death in a fatal collision on Whoop-Up Drive. In November 2015, 74 year old Alan Johnston was killed when a mini van collided with a front end loader that was removing snow from the roadway. 32 year old Scott Erickson pleaded not guilty to the charge in 2016. Police allege a lack of safety equipment, the driving pattern of loader and sun glare were all factors. Thursday's testimony consisted mainly of civilian witnesses who did not see the crash themselves, but were driving in the area just before it happened. One woman told the court that she was heading westbound on Whoop-Up Drive and could barely see the outline of the loader ... before the driver in front of her had to slam on their brakes. The trial continues Friday and into early next week. - Sam Borsato