Shelburne man facing criminal charges from Halloween incident

Criminal negligence, dangerous operation of the motor vehicle, assault-related charges laid

Amy Woolvett amywoolvett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on January 30, 2015

In November, a crowd of people were protesting the lack of progress in the investigation.

SHELBURNE -Three months after a Halloween incident that saw two young Shelburne men struck by a vehicle and seriously injured, RCMP have laid charges against the alleged driver.

 

Bill Williams, 46, of Shelburne, was charged on Jan. 30 with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and two counts of assault with a weapon.

Williams was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 29 and released on a promise to appear. His first court date has been set in Shelburne Provincial Court on March 18.

The charges came after months of investigation, the pace of which led to frustration among many in the community.

In November, RCMP spoke with angry crowd at an information session about the case.  That meeting turned into a protest that saw dozens of people march to the Shelburne RCMP and Shelburne Town Office with signs and placards.

Some alleged the police were dragging their feet on the case.

In a statement to the Shelburne Coast Guard, Nikita Davis, the sister of one of the injured men, said she was relieved that some progress in the case had been made.

“It's great to finally get some justice, or at least some progress towards it,” she wrote. “These past few months have been extremely hard on the family …on the community. This shows that Steven and Cade's life is just important as anyone else's and that no one is above the law. I'm proud of our community for all the support and the RCMP for sticking to their word and following through with charges even if it took longer then what we expected.”

The Shelburne RCMP ramped up their investigation in December with support with the RCMP, Collision Analysis Unit and the Major Crime Division.

As part of the investigation, a reenactment of the incident was undertaken with one of the victims.

The Nov. 1 incident happened shortly after a Halloween party. A young man at the party was allegedly assaulted. A short time later, the two men eventually charged with his assault Cade E. Benham, 19, and Steven E. Davis, 21, were struck by a vehicle on Highway 103 and sent to hospital with serious injuries.

Both men have since recovered.