Ignatiuk acquitted in 2015 collision

A local man has been acquitted of the charges he was facing in connection with a fatal 2015 collision in downtown Estevan.

Metro Ignatiuk had been charged with one count each of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in connection with the accident, which occurred at a midblock crossing in the 1200-block of Fourth Street.

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Kathy Batke, 69, was killed in the collision and an unnamed man, aged 74, suffered serious injuries. Batke and the unnamed man were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and then were airlifted to a hospital in Regina for further treatment.

Batke died of her injuries in the hospital in Regina three days after the collision. The man suffered extensive injuries in the accident

The verdict was handed down by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Janet McMurtry on Tuesday afternoon, as it was a trial by judge.

The next edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.

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