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Prince Albert rocked by several fatal car crashes

Number 8 story of 2007


Herald Staff Three killed near Duck Lake

Sseveral people from Prince Albert and area died in motor vehicle
collisions this year.

A head-on collision near Duck Lake in May claimed the lives of
three people. Cassandra Bird, 30, was a passenger in a vehicle with
her 35-year-old fiancé, a 19-year-old female coworker and a
22-year-old male coworker. The group worked at the Candle Lake Golf

The crash happened on May 9 at about 10 p.m. on Highway 11. The
four were headed northbound when the collision occurred with a
vehicle driven by 34-year-old Lawrence Mullis.

Bird and her 19-year-old coworker Misty Portsmith – both from
Candle Lake – died in the crash, as did Mullis, who was from the
Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation.

RCMP say that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The collision
is being blamed on “driver error”. Sgt. Brad Kaeding of the RCMP
said there was no conclusive cause made about the crash but it
could have been that a driver fell asleep or was reaching for
something or talking on the cell phone.

“One of the drivers was in the wrong lane,” he said,

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