Lake Echo woman charged with driving impaired causing death in Lawrencetown crash

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DARTMOUTH - Halifax police are reminding the public everyone has “a role to play” in road safety, after a 20-year-old woman was charged with eight offences related to a fatal collision this summer.

Kyla MacLellan of Lake Echo was arrested Tuesday and appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on Wednesday to face charges including impaired driving connected to a fatal crash near Lawrencetown Beach on July 10.


The collision happened just before 6 a.m. when an SUV hit a car head-on.

Mark Burnett, 55, was driving the SUV and died shortly afterwards as a result of his injuries. Two women in the car were ejected from the vehicle and hospitalized with serious injuries.


Halifax RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Scott MacRae said charges were only laid now because blood samples or mechanical evidence have to be analyzed in “complex” impaired-driving cases.


“This is a tragedy where somebody lost their life,” MacRae said. “We just can’t have drinking and driving … everybody who’s going to be a driver on our highways has a role to play in road safety.”


MacLellan is charged with with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, among others.


She was released from custody on conditions, including no driving, and is due in back court on Dec. 23.


- by Metro Halifax

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Lake Echo, Lawrencetown, Dartmouth Lawrencetown Beach

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