Charges laid in fatal collision, as police chief decries 'misinformation'

Charges have been laid after a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed while walking home from a graduation party in Cape Breton, as a police chief denounced the "wealth of misinformation" that circulated in the community after the crash.

Cape Breton Regional Police say the 21-year-old driver of the vehicle, who was not impaired at the time of the June 10 collision in Leitches Creek, is facing a charge of attempting to obstruct justice in connection with the circumstances following the incident.

The two homeowners that hosted the graduation party have been charged with allowing drunkenness on their property, an offence under the Liquor Control Act that carries a maximum fine of $2,000 and six months in jail.

The police force says it has concluded its investigation.

In a news release, Chief Peter McIsaac says the complex investigation was further complicated by a "wealth of misinformation", based on assumptions, opinions and rumours, that circulated in the community and was then reported in the media.

McIsaac says it was also hurtful to the people involved in the incident and their families, to the point that their personal safety and well-being were put at risk.