Man faces 8 drunk driving-related charges in woman's death
Boyd Atkinson, 41, of Lakeville, accused in crash that killed Kathy Horsman, 36
A Lakeville man is now facing eight drunk driving-related charges in connection with the death of a Moncton-area mother of two.
Boyd Reginald Atkinson, 41, made a brief appearance in Moncton provincial court on Monday morning, supported by crutches and with a brace around his neck.
A woman, believed to be Atkinson's mother, was sobbing openly in the courtroom and had to be escorted out before the proceedings even began.
Atkinson, who had been hospitalized since the crash, was charged late Friday afternoon with impaired driving causing the death of Kathy Horsman, 36, of Berry Mills on April 17.
The other charges laid on Monday include: driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, causing an accident, resulting in Horsman's death; dangerous driving causing the death of Horsman; and refusing to provide a blood sample.
He's also charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm; driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, causing an accident, resulting in bodily harm; dangerous driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a blood sample in connection with the injuries sustained by a passenger in his car.
Atkinson, who has been remanded in custody since Friday, has not yet entered any pleas.
His bail hearing was set over until May 2 to allow him time to hire a new lawyer.
Wendell Maxwell, a duty counsel, asked to be removed from the case, citing a conflict.
The Crown plans to oppose Atkinson's release.
Impaired driving causing death carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, while dangerous driving causing death carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
Impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous driving causing bodily harm both carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Horsman, a mother of two and a teacher at Magnetic Hill School, was pronounced dead at hospital as a result of the injuries she sustained in a head-on collision on Killam Drive, near Edinburgh Drive, at about 9:25 p.m.
She was the lone occupant of her vehicle, which had been travelling eastbound.
Horsman's brother and sister-in-law attended court on Monday with a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Atkinson had to be extracted from his 2000 Pontiac Grand Am.
The condition of his passenger is unknown.
Police said early on alcohol was a suspected factor in the crash.