Arrest made in fatal crash south of Edmonton

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Wetaskiwin RCMP have made an arrest in a fatal crash last Wednesday.

Police were investigating a collision on Highway 814 at Township Road 470 north of Wetaskiwin involving a pickup truck and an SUV that rolled into the ditch.

The 62-year-old woman driver of the SUV from New Norway was pronounced dead on scene.

According to police, witnesses saw 36-year-old Nicholas James Dekelver of Devon flee the scene following the crash.

With the help of Edmonton’s police dog service, Dekelver was arrested a short distance away.

He faces a number of charges:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired causing death
  • Dangerous operation of a moto vehicle causing death
  • Criminal negligence causing death
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Flight from police
  • Failure to stop after accident causing death
  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Driving without insurance and registration
  • Possession of methamphetamine

Dekelver is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin court on Thursday.