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Sask. driver in flag worker death granted bail after appeal filed

The lawyer for Keith Dunford says his client was released on bail Friday after an appeal was filed. Matt Myers / Global News

A man who was sentenced to jail for fatally striking a flag worker in southeast Saskatchewan has been released on bail after an appeal was filed. On Friday, Keith Dunford, 47, was sentenced in a courtroom in Weyburn, Sask. to two years less a day.

The Regina resident was found guilty in October of dangerous driving causing death.

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Ashley Dawn Richards, 18, was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 while working as a construction company flag person near Midale, Sask.

The court heard that Richards, who had recently moved from Lakeside, N.B., was thrown about the width of a Canadian Football League field when she was struck by Dunford’s speeding SUV in a construction zone on Highway 39.

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Aaron Fox, Dunford’s lawyer, filed an appeal of the conviction and sentence. He said on Saturday that the conviction has been appealed on a number of grounds including an issue as to right to counsel and whether Dunford’s driving constitutes criminal conduct.

Fox doesn’t expect the appeal to be heard until late this spring or possibly the summer.

 With files from The Canadian Press

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