RCMP spoke to reporters Wednesday morning on last Friday’s fatal accident near Lloydminster that claimed the lives of three women from Edmonton.
The woman, ages 53, 37 and 35 were in a mini van when they were hit by a stolen flat deck truck just east of Lloydminster on Highway 16.
The truck was driven by 26-year-old Brandon Stucka.
Stucka, is now facing a total of ten charges including criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and flight from police.
RCMP Staff Sargent Rob Embree said officers did not pursue the vehicle in order to protect the public.
“Every time that we’re involved in a pursuit we put our members and the general public at risk and we know that, we have to take that into serious account. In this situation the members were involved in what they believed to be at the time a stolen vehicle, so at that time there would have been a consultation with the senior supervisor, and the pursuit would have been terminated,” Embree said.
Stucka will make his first court appearance in North Battleford on Thursday.
RCMP could also not confirm is there were any other occupants inside the stolen vehicle.