An RCMP officer who allegedly drove over a 41-year-old man on Highway 881 is pleading not guilty to two counts of dangerous driving.
On Wednesday, an agent representing Constable Michelle Phillips delivered her pleas in a Fort McMurray courtroom after being charged for the death of Tracy Janvier.
Back on August 21, 2016, Wood Buffalo RCMP received numerous calls of Janvier walking southbound in the middle of Highway 881, around 75 km south of Fort McMurray.
Constable Phillips was dispatched to the scene, however, while on route she received another call, stating he’d been struck by a pickup truck.
The occupants, which were his aunt and her partner, stopped to report the incident and were attempting to provide aid to Janvier. Other vehicles had also pulled over trying to help.
Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team, who were called to investigate the matter, alleges Phillips drove past several parked vehicles that were pulled over eventually driving over Janvier, killing him.
A 71-year-old man was also injured in the incident when the cruiser struck his hand.
Back in June, Phillips was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death and one count of driving causing bodily harm.
“He was my brother, he had great impacts on our lives, in my mom’s and dad’s especially, so there is definitely a big empty space,” Janvier’s sister, Marina Nokohoo told Mix News.
Nokohoo says her family is still “traumatized.”
“My brother’s dead, there’s nothing that can bring him back but there’s also been no acknowledgement from the RCMP officer, maybe she doesn’t have to phone us, maybe she doesn’t have to come and see us, maybe a letter or a note saying I acknowledge that this happened,” said Nokohoo.
A preliminary inquiry is scheduled between June 25-28, 2018.
“We’re just going to hope and pray that justice will be served,” added Nokohoo.