Car surfing death in B.C. leads to charges
A Saskatchewan man is facing a charge of criminal negligence causing death in relation to the death of his close friend, Jody Rud, who police say died while car surfing following a birthday party in B.C.
Christopher Gerald Bezaire, from Estevan, Sask., is set to appear in court in Kelowna on Mar. 22.
RCMP in B.C. said Thursday that a Crown prosecutor had recently approved the charge, following the police investigation into Rud's death, which happened during a summer outing to camp and to celebrate his birthday.
According to RCMP, Rud was with a group of men, including his long-time friend Bezaire, in the Bear Creek area of B.C. in June of 2010.
RCMP said sometime after midnight, Rud decided to try car surfing.
"This is an incredibly dangerous stunt that involves standing on the roof of a moving vehicle without any safety equipment or attachment to the vehicle," RCMP said in a news release about the case.
The vehicle, which police say was being operated by Bezaire, crashed around 1 a.m. PT June 11.
Police say it rolled down an embankment on the Bear Creek main road.
Police said Rud, who was from Kelowna, had been thrown from the roof of the vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car was 26 at the time of the crash.
Police detained the man and seized the vehicle to begin their investigation.
Early on in the investigation, police said there was no evidence to suggest that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.