Nova Scotia

Plea delayed in Tracadie crash deaths

William Fogarty, charged with dangerous driving causing the death of two teens, is getting a new lawyer, which will delay his plea on the charge until early February.

Mother of teen who died speaks publicly for the first time

The man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of two teens from Antigonish County is getting a new lawyer, which will delay his plea on the charge until early February.

Family and friends packed an Antigonish court for William Fogarty's appearance on Tuesday.

Peggy Green, the mother of Kory Mattie, one of the teenagers killed in the crash, spoke publicly for the first time.

"It's getting harder," she said. "It just hits you that Kory's dead and you break down.

"I don't see it getting easier any time soon."

Kory Mattie and Nico Landry were in Tracadie on Nov. 24 when they were hit by the car driven by the accused.

Details of what happened are protected by a publication ban.

Mattie was killed instantly while Landry, his best friend, died early the next morning in hospital.

On Tuesday, the court was told that Fogarty has a new lawyer, who will need time to get acquainted with the facts of the case.

Mattie's mother said she understands the delay.

"You want to make sure that every one of his rights are taken care of and he can't turn around and have it thrown out," said Green. "Whatever it takes is what we want to see done."

Green also said she is not surprised to see so many of their friends following the case.

"There's a lot of people who love Kory and Nico and a lot of people want to make sure justice is done and want to be here to at least see that it's attempted," she said.

The Christmas season has been particularly hard on the families this year, Green said.

"It's devastating. We are going to try and have Christmas as we usually do for the kids and grandkids but it's going to hurt … a lot."

William Fogarty, 30, will be back in court the first week of February to enter a plea.

He was denied bail last month and will remain in jail.

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