Charges stayed against man accused of impaired driving causing death in Williams Lake

Charges against Martin William Gentles were stayed in Williams Lake provincial court this morning, pending further investigation.

Charges against Martin William Gentles were stayed in Williams Lake provincial court this morning, pending further investigation.

Gentles was charged with one count of impaired driving causing death and one count of causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, following the death of Rayel MacDonald, who, along with another woman, Alysha Mullett, were struck by a truck on Carson Drive in Williams Lake in the early hours of April 22.

“Williams Lake RCMP did a weekend investigation with the justice centre and the investigation is still ongoing. The Crown are requiring further information which is not unusual in a serious case such as this,” says acting spokesperson for the Crown, Samantha Hulme.

“The Crown have withdrawn the charges for the moment, while the police continue the investigation and get the expert reports they need, and then they can send the whole file back for the Crown to look at again.”