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Trial delayed for Saskatchewan man accused of killing flag person

The case of a Saskatchewan driver accused of killing a highway flag person in a construction zone is going to trial. File / Global News

WEYBURN, Sask. – The trial for a Regina man accused of killing a flag person in a Saskatchewan construction zone has been delayed.

Keith Dunford is charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

The charges were laid after Ashley Richards, 18, was struck and killed by an SUV while working on a highway crew near Midale on Aug. 24, 2012.

It was the first day on the job for Richards, who was originally from Lakeside, New Brunswick.

Dunford’s trial was suppose to start in Weyburn on Monday but his lawyer brought forward new evidence in the case and the Crown asked for an adjournment.

The trial is now expected to start in June.

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Richards’ death prompted RCMP to begin traffic enforcement blitzes in the busiest orange-signed construction zones.

The Saskatchewan government also increased penalties for speeders in construction zones and brought in photo radar.

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