PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A man charged after an accident that killed an 11-year-old Saskatchewan boy has made his first court appearance.
Gordon Morris Crane, 51, appeared before a judge Monday in Prince Albert to face charges that include impaired driving causing death.
He was arrested after Jared Bear died Saturday night on the Muskoday First Nation reserve.
Police have said the boy was bike-riding with two friends when a car veered off the highway and struck the child, who died in hospital.
Crane is to return to court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
The boy’s death has been hard for his mother, Raelene Adam.
“Every morning I would get a kiss and a hug and an `I love you’ from him,” she said Monday. “Even if his friends were around he didn’t care he would still hug me and kiss me and tell me that he loved me.”
Adam said her son was a typical young boy who loved playing video games, playing outside with his little brother and visiting his friends.
When the accident happened, he was biking down to the river to go swimming with some friends he hadn’t seen in quite some time, Adam said.
The loss has devastated their whole family including his three siblings and his cousin Tyson, who Adam said only differed in age with Bear by two months and had been staying with the family.
“They fought a lot, but they still loved each other,” she said. “All my kids, they can’t deal with this; I’m in so much pain, they’re in so much pain.”