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Inquest coming for death of Brandon man

Brandon Police Service members and Canadian Pacific railway workers and a medical examiner talk at the scene of a fatal incident involving a CP train at the rail-yards just east of the First Street Bridge in Brandon in 2012. A sheet covering a body is seen in the background.

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Brandon Police Service members and Canadian Pacific railway workers and a medical examiner talk at the scene of a fatal incident involving a CP train at the rail-yards just east of the First Street Bridge in Brandon in 2012. A sheet covering a body is seen in the background.

A standing hearing will take place later this month to determine who can participate in the upcoming inquest into the death of Craig Kucher, who was killed after being hit by a train two years ago.

Kucher, 24, had a history of medical, emotional and behavioural issues and went to the Brandon Regional Health Centre's emergency department on June 7, 2012, in what has been described as a delusional state.

After being seen by a doctor, Kucher was referred to an on-call psychiatrist the next day. He was then committed to care at the Centre for Adult Psychiatry in Brandon.

However, after his condition improved, he was released on a two-day leave of absence into the care of his mother on June 18, 2012.

Later that evening, he left his home and died after being struck by a train. The medical examiner could not conclusively state whether the manner of death was an accident or suicide.

Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, an inquest has been called by the chief medical examiner. Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths for the purpose of finding out what, if anything, could be done to help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.

Before the inquest can begin, however, the judge will decide who can participate and question witnesses by having standing at the inquest. Those interested in applying for standing should contact Ron Toews, inquest counsel, at 204-726-6012 or ron.toews@gov.mb.ca no later than Aug. 12.

The standing hearing will be held on Aug. 19 in Brandon.
 

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