May 14, 2014 5:33 pm

Additional charges could be laid against hit and run suspect

LETHBRIDGE – The case against the man accused in a hit and run in late January was back before the court Wednesday morning.

45-year-old Lorne Miller was struck by a truck while riding his bike home from work along the Stafford Drive overpass in late January.

He passed away at a Lethbridge palliative care centre on Sunday.

Edward James Mikla faces a number of charges in the case, including fail to stop or remain at the scene of a collision causing bodily harm, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

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The 30-year-old did not appear in person and instead his lawyer represented him.

According to defence lawyer Greg White, the Crown is still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine if additional charges will be laid.

“A lot of time has passed since the original incident, but we don’t know if there’s been any intervening events that would have caused the death of Mr. Miller,” White explained. “I spoke with my client and he feels terrible about what’s happened here, and that’s not an admission of him doing anything wrong, but any time somebody is injured in such an event it’s tragic.”

The case was pushed back until June 27th as the Crown awaits a reconstruction report of the scene from an engineering company in British Columbia.

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