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P.E.I. dangerous driving causing death case adjourned until March

Summerside provincial court house -File Photo
Summerside provincial court house -File Photo - Contributed

A Central Kildare man charged with dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop and offer assistance at the scene of an accident has had his case adjourned again.

Matthew Clifford Gaudet, 31, was charged following an RCMP investigation into an Aug. 27, 2018 collision that killed Marjolaine Ward, 60, of Alberton.

Gaudet’s lawyer appeared on his behalf in Summerside provincial court Thursday morning, Feb. 7. They indicated they had recently received further disclosure of evidence from the Crown and requested more time to review it.

Gaudet will be back in court March 14 at 9 a.m. for another update and potentially to enter pleas.

Ward was a popular French-language teacher at École Pierre-Chiasson in Deblois since 2006, where she worked mostly with intermediate and senior high students. Her death left her community in mourning.

She was riding her bicycle along Route 12 in Kildare Capes shortly before 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 when she was struck by a car. Police reported at the time that nearby residents rushed to her aid, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

The driver of the car did not remain at the scene.

Gaudet was arrested a few hours later.


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