Christmas Day fatality still under investigation

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Could be weeks or longer before it is complete, say RCMP

KENSINGTON — It could be weeks before the investigation into the Christmas Day collision that claimed the life of Kensington man is complete, investigators say.

It was late on Dec. 25 when 53-year-old Lowell D. Stavert died after being hit by a car on Route 2 in Kensington.

Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said Tuesday that the police investigation, which is being done by RCMP’s major crime unit, is ongoing.

Final autopsy results are still not in and no charges have been laid to date.

 “I think they have preliminary results but the investigators are just going through the forensic evidence and they are following up with some witnesses, probably just finding out what else they have to say,” said Blackadar. “We always go full-circle in these investigations. We get information at the beginning and we may find other people and go back and talk to witnesses again.”

At the time of his death, RCMP said that Stavert was involved in an altercation with another man at a nearby home when it spilled out onto the highway.

At least one motorist stopped and attempted to break up the fight. It remains unclear if the two were still fighting when they were hit by another vehicle travelling along that road.

The second man fled the scene but was later found and interviewed by police.

Blackadar said although Stavert died after being struck by the vehicle a final cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

“At this point we will go wherever the evidence takes us,” he said when asked if police are looking at laying charges in the case. “We are no where near that point yet. Right now, because this is such a convoluted matter, we really have to take a long hard look at the forensic evidence that we have and sit and chat with the pathologist, as well as look at where our investigation is taking us before we determine what, if any, charges are going to be laid.”

Since the case is complicated, that could take weeks or longer.

“It could be weeks, months at this point, certainly not days,” added Blackadar.

He admitted the length of the investigation is difficult for all involved, particularly Stavert’s family.

“I know our investigators are in constant communication with the family and they keep them updated as things transpire in the investigation.”

The family spoke out shortly after the accident, expressing doubt about whether there was a fight, describing Stavert as a kind man who loved to make others happy.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

 

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kensington

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  • Ben Dover
    January 15, 2014 - 13:48

    The result of the car hitting him was the cause of death Why WASTE our tax payers $$$ on stuff like this.