A mother’s plea failed to convince a Saskatoon judge to place her son in custody, just hours before he was involved in a fatal crash while allegedly high on drugs.
The 17-year-old had appeared in provincial court Wednesday to face breach of probation charges. Mom asked the judge and all lawyers involved to hold her son in custody, but they instead decided to release him.
Just hours later, at 1:25pm on Circle Drive near 108th Street in Saskatoon, the teenager was allegedly high behind the wheel when his vehicle crossed lanes and collided with another car, killing a 70-year-old man.
The 17-year-old was an award-winning student before slipping into the clutches of drugs like OxyContin and Dilaudid, according to mom.
She told The Star Phoenix here that when he appeared in court, he was “slobbering. He was foaming at the mouth. He was so out of it.”
Did the courts drop the ball on this one?