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Family and friends mourning loss of Regina man killed by alleged drunk driver

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WATCH ABOVE: Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Regina man who was killed after his parked vehicle was hit by a truck Sunday night. The man behind the wheel of that truck was an alleged drunk driver. Our Blake Lough has the latest – Sep 6, 2016

Those closest to 37-year-old Tanner Kaufmann are mourning his loss after an alleged drunk driver collided with his parked truck and killed him Sunday afternoon on a rural road north of Regina.

RCMP charged 19-year-old Colby Heid with one count of impaired driving causing death.

David Limacher, Kaufmann’s longtime friend, attended court Tuesday to see Heid’s first appearance and speak to media about what he sees as a “cultural disease” in Saskatchewan.

READ MORE: One man dead after two vehicle collision north of Regina

“[Drunk driving] is something that I thought would never affect me, or my friends, or my family. Because it’s a cultural thing, we never think it’s going to affect us,” Limacher said.
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“I hope people wake up and say, ‘this is enough’. We can’t allow impaired driving to go on.”

Limacher said Kaufmann had recently gained ownership of a five-month-old, German shorthaired pointer named Macy and was out on Pasqua Street extension grid road Sunday evening to train the young retrieving dog how to hunt.

Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with dog Macy. Alyscia Kaufmann

He believes Kaufmann was outside of the truck when the collision happened, possibly sitting on the tailgate of the truck or standing just behind the vehicle.

Both Kaufmann and his dog were killed in the collision.

“Tanner had a wife and two small kids. It’s just not fair,” Limacher said.

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Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with sons Kolt Kaufmann and Parks Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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From left, Parks Kaufmann, Kolt Kaufmann, Alyscia Kaufmann and Tanner Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with dog Macy. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with son Kolt Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Alyscia Kaufmann, with husband Tanner Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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From left, Parks Kaufmann, Alyscia Kaufmann, Parks Kaufmann and Tanner Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Alyscia Kaufmann, with husband Tanner Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with son Kolt Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Tanner Kaufmann, 37. Alyscia Kaufmann
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Tanner Kaufmann, 37, with son Kolt Kaufmann. Alyscia Kaufmann
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The Kaufmann family dog, a German short-haired pointer named Macy. Alyscia Kaufmann
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The Kaufmann family dog, a German short-haired pointer named Macy. Alyscia Kaufmann

 

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