Speedboat driver in fatal collision facing charges

The Kamloops Crown office has approved criminal charges against the driver of a boat involved in a deadly Shuswap collision last year.

  • Dec. 14, 2011 5:00 p.m.

The Kamloops Crown office has approved a pair of criminal charges against the alleged driver of a boat involved in a deadly Shuswap collision last year.

Leon Michael Reinbrecht, 49, is facing one count each of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a press release the charges were approved on Dec. 8 in Kamloops.

On July 3, 2010, emergency crews were called to an area near Magna Bay — 14 kilometres east of Chase on Shuswap Lake — for a collision on the water involving two boats.

The collision occurred at about 11:20 p.m., involving an 18-foot speedboat and a 40-foot houseboat. It took place shortly after a Canada Day weekend fireworks show on the lake.

There were 13 people aboard the houseboat and three on the speedboat.

Ken Brown, a 53-year-old Anglemont man, was one of the passengers on the houseboat. He was killed in the collision, which left eight others injured.

Reinbrecht, who is from Celista, is slated to appear in Kamloops provincial court on Jan. 19.

 

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