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Trial in fatal speedboat crash put off until January
The trial of a man accused in a July 2010 fatal boat crash has been pushed back to January of 2014.
The trial date for Leon Michael Reinbrecht, charged with criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm, was initially scheduled to begin on Sept. 9 in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops. It is now confirmed to start on Jan. 6, 2014, and court time is set aside for a five-week trial.
A pre-trial conference is set for this Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Reinbrecht, in his early fifties, from Celista, was the operator of a speedboat that collided head-on with a houseboat in Shuswap Lake’s Magna Bay on the 2010 Canada Day weekend, leaving the 18-foot Campion Runabout fully embedded inside the houseboat’s cabin. The crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. on July 3, 2010, as boats were leaving the bay following the annual Canada Day weekend fireworks display.
Killed in the crash was houseboat owner and driver, 53-year-old Kenneth William (Kenny) Brown of Chase. Thirteen people were onboard the houseboat and three people on the speedboat. In addition to Brown, eight people were taken to hospital in Kamloops.