A final decision has been made regarding the fatal collision in the construction zone near Midale in 2012 that claimed the life of 18-year-old Ashley Richards.
In December 2015, Keith Dunford was SENTENCED TO SERVE TWO YEARS LESS A DAY followed by a three year driving probation. Dunford appealed the decision and just days later, Dunford was RELEASED ON BAIL and set free pending the results of his appeal.
Now, Keith Dunford must surrender himself into custody after the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals dismissed his appeals of his conviction and sentence. Dunford also appealed his conviction for dangerous driving.
Richards was killed when she was struck by Dunford’s vehicle while she was working as a flag person in the construction zone. The zone itself was heavily signed. Court heard Dunford passed two semis, and hit Richards after pulling back into his own lane. Dunford told the court he was distract by paperwork that was blowing around in his vehicle, and was too late to avoid the collision when he saw her.
A collision analyst for the RCMP estimated the speed at the time of impact was between 82 and 99 kilometres an hour. The zone had a marked speed limit of 60 km/h. Dunford testified he had not seen any of the signs.