RCMP have laid impaired driving charges against a man identified by police as the common-law partner of a woman killed in a rollover near Cypress River.
Treherne RCMP Cpl. Carrie Kennedy said the couple and some friends were in a pickup truck when it crashed.
“People were leaving a social and they were going out to the after-party,” Kennedy said.
Shanley Lee Vrooman, 22, of Cypress River died when she was thrown from a Ford F-150 pickup truck that rolled in the RM of Victoria along Provincial Road 342 in the early morning of June 24.
Kennedy said a total of five people were in the truck and they were travelling to an after-party following a social in Cypress River.
The driver of the truck lost control on a gravel road and the vehicle wound up in the ditch, Kennedy said. Vrooman and three other occupants were thrown from the truck.
A 46-year-old woman was taken to Brandon hospital with serious injuries and is now recovering in Rivers hospital. A 21-year-old man was taken to Glenboro hospital where he was treated for broken bones and received stitches to his head. He’s since been released from hospital.
The 22-year-old man who was driving the truck was flown by air ambulance to Winnipeg and remained in Health Sciences Centre for a number of days before being released.
None of the thrown occupants were wearing seatbelts, Kennedy said. A 25-year-old woman, who was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t thrown from the vehicle, was also taken to Glenboro hospital but released a short time later.
On Friday, police announced that Curtis Cabernel, 22, of Cypress River has been charged with impaired driving causing death and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing death.
He’s also charged with two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing bodily harm.
Kennedy said Cabernel was the common-law partner of Vrooman, while her obituary describes him as her close friend and partner. Vrooman, formerly of Belmont, had worked at a dental centre in Brandon.
Cabernel was arrested on Aug. 2, then released on conditions to appear in Portage la Prairie court on Sept. 24.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 18, 2012