They found the 35-year-old man dead at the
scene. Passengers in the Pontiac Sunfire, which
included a 43-year-old woman, an 82-year-old man
and a 65-year-old woman, were also injured.
40-year-old Regina man, who had been driving the
southbound GMC pickup and accompanying trailer,
was not seriously hurt. He has been charged with
refusing to provide a breath sample, impaired
driving causing death, three counts of impaired
driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving
causing death and three counts of dangerous
driving causing bodily harm. The man is
scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 2 in
The family of the deceased declined to
comment at this time.
The deceased has been identified as the man
who had been fighting a court battle over the
custody of his son. The boy's mother had not
informed him of her pregnancy and made adoption
arrangements without his input.
While the names of those involved in the
court battle were initially published, a later
publication ban of those names was ordered by
The father only found out about her pregnancy
a few weeks before she gave birth at a Saskatoon
hospital in April 2006. Immediately after birth,
the baby -- given the psuedonym "Baby Ian" by
the courts -- went into the custody of his
adoptive family in Prince Albert. After taking a
DNA test three months later, the baby's father
began fighting for custody of his son and in
October that year, he and his then-fiancee were
granted weekly one-hour visits at a Prince
Albert child centre.
In June, an Appeal Court judge granted him
one-hour visits with his son every second week,
which overruled a January court decision that
barred him from seeing the boy in order to give
the child a period of "familial calm."
At the time of the latest decision, the man
told The StarPhoenix he was "very excited" about
being granted the visitation rights. It was also
reported that he was in the process of appealing
the entire decision that granted full custody to
the Prince Albert couple.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2007