Driver's name released in connection to motorcycle death

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have charged 65-year-old Ronald Thistle with impaired driving causing death, in connection with the death of 27-year-old Nicholas Coates.

Police say Ronald Thistle has no previous convictions for impaired driving

27-year-old Nicholas Coates was driving eastbound on Kenmount Road on the morning of August 16 when he drove into the side of Ronald Thistle's vehicle. Coates succumbed to his injuries in hospital later that day. (CBC)

A St. John's man charged with impaired driving causing death will appear in provincial court next month.

Ronald Thistle, 65, was charged by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary more than a week ago, although police formally released his name on Friday.

Thistle is charged in connection with the death of 27-year-old Nicholas Coates, who died from injuries sustained in an August 16 vehicle-motorcycle collision in St. John's.

Flowers have been placed near the location where Nicholas Coates' motorcycle hit the side of Ronald Thistle's pickup truck. (CBC)

It is alleged that Thistle was drunk when he pulled his pickup truck out of Polina Road onto Kenmount Road around 11:00 a.m. Coates was said to be driving eastbound on Kenmount Road when he drove into the side of Thistle's vehicle.

Court records show that Thistle has no previous convictions for impaired driving.

The accused is scheduled to make his first court appearance on September 6.