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19 charges laid in fatal crash

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Nineteen charges have been laid against a Winnipeg man in connection with a crash that killed a Napinka woman.

RCMP announced on Thursday that Manuel Britney Cowley, 27, is charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and flight from police causing death.

Cowley is also charged with three counts each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and flight from police causing bodily harm.

The second set of charges relate to three passengers who police say were in a vehicle with Cowley when it collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Taylor Renwick, of Napinka on Oct. 9.

RCMP had responded to a report of an impaired driver in Notre Dame. 

They found the suspect vehicle at a gas station in St. Claude, but the suspect drove off.

RCMP pursued, but called off the chase because the fleeing vehicle reached excessive speed.

Shortly after, the suspect collided head on with Renwick’s vehicle along Highway 2 east of St. Claude.

Renwick, 20, was the only person in her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cowley was taken to hospital in critical condition by STARS air ambulance. An update on his condition wasn’t immediately available on Thursday afternoon.

He’s also charged with two counts of breach of probation — one or allegedly drinking alcohol when he wasn’t supposed to.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was also notified as the unit is to notified when police officers are involved in an incident where someone dies.


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