Fatal hit and run case postponed

Svjetlana (Lana) Vrbanic
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A small crowd gathered at Wabush provincial court today expecting to hear the plea of Jeremy Shannon Reid to charges stemming from a fatal hit and run last December. Reid wasn't present in court, however, as the case was postponed at the request of lawyers. — Photo by Svjetlana (Lana) Vrbanic

A man facing criminal negligence charges — one of causing death and another of causing bodily harm — in connection with a devastating hit and run accident in Wabush last December, had his case set over when it was called in provincial court in Wabush today.

Jeremy Shannon Reid is facing charges including: one count of criminal negligence causing the death of Shane Mercer; one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm to Leisa Penney who is still in hospital recovering from injuries; one count of impaired operation of a motor vehicle; and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident knowing there were people injured.

Reid was not in court for today’s proceedings.

Provincial court Judge Wynne Anne Trahey allowed a postponement in the case until May 27 upon the request of Crown and defence lawyers.

Defence lawyer Catherine Boyd told Trahey she hasn't received any disclosure of the evidence from the Crown.

Crown Attorney Vikas Khaladkar addressed the court from St. John's, via conference call. He told Trahey he has just received boxes of disclosure documents and did not have time to prepare to call witnesses and set a date for a preliminary inquiry.


Geographic location: Wabush, St. John's

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