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Man charged in fatal highway crash

RCMP have charged a veteran Manitoba Fire Commissioner employee with causing an October highway crash that killed two teens.

Timothy Langevin made his first court appearance Monday on two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. His case was adjourned until Jan. 24. Langevin remains free on bail. None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.

Langevin, 45, is currently working in the provincial youth firestop program, according to the government website.

He was allegedly behind the wheel of a fire commissioner truck when he rear-ended a car on the Trans-Canada Highway west of MacGregor. Both vehicles were travelling east at the time of the Saturday afternoon crash.

Langevin was on duty at the time of the tragedy, according to a provincial spokesman.

Charles Friesen, 17, formerly of Austin, but recently living in Winnipeg, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Daden Bruhm, 14, of Sidney, died in hospital shortly after.

Two others -- Jayver Krahn and Ryan Lloyd -- were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

The four men attended or had graduated from MacGregor Collegiate Institute. According to area residents, they had just attended a Youth for Christ event.

RCMP have said alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash but have provided no other details about how or why it occurred. The investigation had been ongoing, with assistance from a traffic reconstructionist. Under the Criminal Code, dangerous driving is defined as a "marked departure from the normal standard of care" expected by motorists and can include things such as high speed or inattention to the road.

"This is a tragedy and we send our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those involved," a spokesman for the Fire Commissioner's Office told the Free Press following the crash. "The RCMP are investigating and it would not be appropriate to make any further comment on the incident at this time."

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.


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