By Ashley Thompson and Carole Morris-Underhill
WINDSOR - A trucker charged in connection with a fatal highway collision near Falmouth last summer has pleaded not guilty.
Mohammad Younus, of Montreal, is up on charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm for his role in a four-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a young Bedford boy in July 2013.
A lawyer representing Younus entered the pleas on behalf of her client and requested several days be set aside early in the new year for trial. It was stated that the Crown may call about 20 witnesses to the stand, including an expert, so at least five days will be required.
The defence lawyer also requested interpreters be made available for the duration of the provincial court trial as Younus’ first language is Punjabi.
The crash that claimed the life of the boy occurred in a construction zone along the Highway 101 ramps for Falmouth around 11:30 a.m. on July 9, 2013.
A westbound transport truck that Younus, then 59, was said to have been operating slammed into a minivan carrying the six-year-old boy, a 38-year-old woman, eight-year-old girl and a three-year-old girl. The van had been in the process of slowly moving forward after traffic was at a standstill due to construction.
The impact of the crash sent the minivan into the back of a small car being towed by a motor home, while the transport truck veered off into the ditch.
The boy and eight-year-old girl were both airlifted to the IWK Health Centre following the crash. The boy died in hospital.
Younus, the driver of the minivan and the three-year-old girl were treated for non-life threatening injuries after the crash. The two passengers travelling in the motor home were not injured.