Case involving a driver accused of hitting Ontario activist Regan Russell will be preliminary to trial in December | The Canadian News

The case of a trucker charged in the death of an animal activist who was run over outside a slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario, was postponed after his first court appearance on Monday.

Regan Russell died on June 19, 2020, while protesting provincial legislation that prohibited obstructing trucks carrying farm animals and increased fines for trespassing on farms and food processing facilities.

The 65-year-old had teamed up with friends from the Toronto Pig Save activist group to give water to pigs in transport trucks in front of Fearman’s Pork, a processing plant.

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She was run over by a truck that was taking pigs to the slaughterhouse.

Andrew Blake faces a careless driving charge that resulted in death under the Highway Traffic Act. Police have said they filed the provincial act charge because there was no evidence of criminal intent on the part of the driver.

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The prosecution says that most of the disclosure has been provided to the defense. The case is scheduled to return to court on December 8 for a judicial pretrial.

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