An RCMP officer has been charged in connection with the death of a five-year-old Penticton boy one year ago. 

Const. Ace Stewart is facing one count of driving without due care and attention.

Stewart was off duty when the truck he was driving is alleged to have struck Grade 1 student James McIntosh at the intersection of Highway 97 and Green Mountain Road last September.

Brian McIntosh, the boy's father, told CBC News that he, his two sons and dog were crossing the street when the incident happened.

Stewart's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct.12.

The Criminal Justice Branch approved the charge after and the case investigated by the Independent Investigations Office.