Fatal crash nets DUI charges against driver

Pictou County District RCMP has charged a man after a fatal single vehicle crash in MacLellans Brook.

On June 10, 2023, at approximately 4:10 a.m., Pictou County District RCMP, fire and EHS, responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Brookville Rd. in MacLellans Brook. RCMP officers learned that a brown Honda CRV was travelling on Brookville Rd. when it left the road and rolled before coming to rest.

There were two passengers in the CRV at the time of the crash, a 23-year-old Trenton woman and a 23-year-old Stellarton man. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver, a 23-year-old Hillside man, was uninjured. RCMP officers noted that the driver was displaying signs of impairment. The driver provided a sample of breath into an Approved Screening Device, which registered a “Fail”. The driver was subsequently arrested for Impaired Operation Causing Death and was transported to the Pictou Detachment. The driver was given an opportunity to provide samples of breath into an Approved Instrument, however the driver refused. Refusal carries the same penalties as Impaired Operation charges.

Terry Robert McGrath, 23, of Hillside, has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death (2 counts) and Refusal to Comply with a Demand After an Accident Resulting in Death (2 counts). McGrath was released on conditions by a Justice of the Peace and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on September 5, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Brookville Rd. was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

Our thoughts are with the victims families at this difficult time.

Source: Release

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