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New charges expected after Coldbrook man injured in alleged impaired driving crash dies in hospital

New charges are expected after a Coldbrook man injured in a two-vehicle crash last week died in hospital over the weekend.

“I’m not sure of the charges until they are filed, I have to get that confirmed,” Cpl. Lisa Croteau said Monday afternoon.

The crash last Thursday saw two pickup trucks collide on English Mountain Road, between Spittal Road and Lockhart Road, at 6:45 p.m.

The victim was trapped in his truck and had to be cut free by Kentville firefighters before being taken to Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. He was the only person in the vehicle.

The second truck ended up in the ditch next to a power pole and caught fire, although the driver — who was the sole occupant — was able to get out. Firefighters also dealt with the blaze, which spread a short distance into a wooded area. Smoke from the fire could be seen in the west end of Kentville.

The 28-year-old driver of the truck that burned was found by RCMP nearby and showed signs of impairment. He failed a roadside screening test and was arrested before being taken to the RCMP office to provide breathalyzer samples.

He was initially charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 causing bodily harm. It is expected that the new charges will be for impaired driving causing death.

The man is scheduled to appear in Kentville provincial court Oct. 8. No charges have been filed at the courthouse yet, so his name has not been released by RCMP.

An RCMP collision analyst was called to examine the scene after the collision, and the road was closed for several hours.

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