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Charges laid in six deaths at Barrie construction site

DCN-JOC News Services
Charges laid in six deaths at Barrie construction site
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BARRIE, ONT. — Barrie Police have announced that Con-Drain Company (1983) Ltd. has been charged with six counts of criminal negligence causing death for its role in the death of six young people in the vicinity of a construction site on Aug. 28.

Representatives of the accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Feb. 13.

A police statement issued today (Jan. 12) recounted that on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, at approximately 2 a.m., while conducting a missing persons investigation, officers from Barrie Police located the site of a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on McKay Road in south Barrie, just east of County Road 27. The collision claimed the lives of two females and four males ranging in age from 20 to 23.

The deaths occurred at a water infrastructure construction site being managed by City contractors to service new development in the area. A City statement noted that the road had been fully closed with signage.

Today’s release stated that the investigation was immediately launched by members of the Barrie Police Service Traffic Unit and Investigative Services. With the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, the deceased victims were positively identified as Curtis King, River Wells, Jason O’Connor, Luke West, Jersey Mitchell and Haley Marin.

In early September, investigators determined that the collision occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 as the deceased persons were travelling to a nearby casino.

The statement said the “complex” investigation has continued under the direction of the Barrie Police Service Major Crime Unit during the ensuing four and a half months.

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