The man charged in the crash that killed a B.C. teenager in Edmonton on Wednesday was charged with driving while disqualified when the collision occurred.
Derrick O’Connor, 27, is charged with hit and run causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in the crash that killed Travis Hurlbert, 18.
Court records show O’Connor was convicted of impaired driving in 2006. In 2010, he was charged and fined three times for driving while disqualified.
He was charged again with driving while disqualified in May 2012 but failed to show up for his court date last July. This prompted police to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Edmonton Police allege a Dodge Avenger driven by O’Connor collided with a Volkswagen Passat driven by Hurlbert on Wednesday evening after speeding through the intersection of Manning Drive and 167th Avenue.
The impact caused the Passat to be split in half. The teen died shortly afterwards.
Hurlbert, who was from Castlegar, B.C,, had recently moved to Edmonton for work. Friends are struggling with their loss.
"I broke down," said his best friend Duncan Lee Wilson. "It’s like I just lost my brother."
Hurlbert’s friends were planning to hold a memorial in his honour on Friday night.
Wilson is thanking the people who tried to help his friend after the crash.
"They did what they could," he said.