30-day assessment ordered for accused in impaired driving death of Piikani band councillor
Coun. Barney Provost was killed in a June 2018 crash on Highway 3 in southern Alberta
A Lethbridge man accused of impaired driving causing death for a crash that killed a Piikani Nation councillor in southern Alberta has been ordered to undergo a 30-day forensic assessment.
Douglas Bagnall appeared in a Lethbridge court Friday by video from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.
Court was told there are concerns about Bagnall's overall health and whether he is fit to stand trial.
Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen said she was contacted by a psychologist at the correctional centre, who had concerns over his health
Bagnall is charged with impaired driving in the June 2018 death of Coun. Barney Provost from the Piikani Nation.
He has been housed in the health unit at Lethbridge Correctional Centre, where he went through alcohol withdrawal for the first few weeks.
Since then, he has suffered a number of other health issues.
Olsen told the court he sometimes is not able to understand what time it is, or where he is and has a failure to understand the rules around being incarcerated.
Defence lawyer consents to assessment
Court was told he may be suffering from Korsakoff Syndrome, a form of amnesia associated with chronic alcoholism due to a vitamin B deficiency.
Bagnall's lawyers have consented to the assessment.
He is scheduled to return to court April 18.
Bagnall was arrested in November and released on bail, but was re-arrested in January for breaching his conditions several times.
Members of Provost's family attended Friday's hearing, including his widow, Kristy Provost.
"I have to deal with this every day. Every day, every morning, every night," she said. "He [Bagnall] doesn't have to live with that pain. I'll never see Barney again."
The crash happened June 25, 2018 when a white Toyota Corolla struck a white Chevy Impala. Police said the Corolla was going the wrong way at the time, travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 3.
A 12-year-old girl in the Impala was also injured.
With files from Lethbridge News Now