February 15, 2018 1:05 pm
Updated: February 15, 2018 8:38 pm

Man charged in Calgary crash that killed brother and sister

WATCH: Charges have been laid in a crash that killed a brother and sister last August. Police call the investigation “unique” after hearing the accused may have had a pre-existing medical condition before getting behind the wheel. Bindu Suri has more on what led to the charges.


A 43-year-old man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a brother and sister last August in southeast Calgary.

Police said a pickup truck heading north on 46 Street S.E. at 12:20 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2017, went off the road as it was approaching 130 Avenue S.E. It slammed into a red sedan that had been waiting to exit a parking lot before hitting two other parked cars.

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The victims were identified two days later as Ritvik Bale, 21, and his sister Rashmi Bale, 24.

Brother and sister Ritvik and Rashmi Bale have been identified as the victims in a southeast Calgary crash on Aug. 2, 2017.

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The 21-year-old, who had been driving the red sedan, was declared dead at the scene. His sister, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

On Thursday, police said that officers learned early on that the driver of the truck may have suffered from a medical condition.

“That led us down a certain investigative path,” said Sgt. Colin Foster.

“When you have any type of medical incident – be it a heart attack, head injury, concussion; stuff like that – it’s your responsibility as a driver, when you have those conditions, just to contact Alberta registries and notify them.”

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James Robert Farkas is charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death.


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