A 46-year-old Malakwa woman is now facing charges in connection to a bizarre traffic incident that left a 49-year-old Sicamous man fatally injured in the middle of Main Street.
Christina Laforge, 46, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death after Troy Charlton fell while riding on the hood of her car on Aug. 14.
Although on the surface, it appears to be a joy ride stunt gone wrong, Sicamous RCMP say they’re not convinced.
“It was just a bad decision,” said Sgt. Dave Dubnyk. “Given his age, it wasn’t a scenario where it was thrill seeking or car surfing.”
Dubnyk added, however, that police haven’t pieced together the circumstances leading to Charlton being on top of the car.
Police say alcohol played a factor in the incident.
Witnesses have told police that Charlton was seen on the hood of Laforge’s vehicle as they left a party in Sicamous.
About 10 blocks away from the party, an RCMP officer turning onto Main Street saw a vehicle coming his way in the wrong lane. The vehicle got back into its lane and passed by the cruiser. When the officer began turning to intercept the driver, his headlights passed over Charlton lying in the road with serious injuries.
As he attended the scene, Laforge returned on foot.
Charlton died in hospital later that night.
Police are saying Charlton sustained the injuries when a sudden stop threw him off the car. They haven’t been able to determine the speed Laforge was going at the time.
“Unfortunately you mix alcohol and vehicles, sometimes these are the tragic ends,” said Dubnyk.
“For the deceased and his family it’s absolutely a tragedy. This other person, too, has family and it really is turning everybody’s life upside down and friends — especially in a small town. Everybody knows everybody and it really has a widespread effect on a small town.”
Laforge is expected to make a court appearance in Salmon Arm in mid-September.