Crown amends four counts against Jesse Taylor

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Jesse David Taylor has yet to enter a plea on the 12 charges he faces stemming from a rollover in September.

Update on Feb. 6: The Times-Herald has confirmed with the coroner and Moose Jaw RCMP that there were six passengers in the vehicle at the time of the rollover. Taylor and one passenger received minor injuries. The third survivor is recovering in B.C.

Taylor’s lawyer appeared on his behalf on Wednesday in Moose Jaw Provincial Court and asked for a lengthy adjournment.

Crown prosecutor Rob Parker amended four of the counts relating to impaired driving against Taylor.

“For each of those four counts — three counts of impaired driving causing death and one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm — we simply added the words impaired by alcohol ‘and/or a drug,’” Parker said.

He said the decision was made because of forensic test results.

Taylor, 22, was arrested and charged in December.

On the night of Sept. 15, a vehicle with five occupants was travelling on Highway 2, approximately 37 kilometres south of Moose Jaw. The vehicle rolled and three 24-year-olds, Jason Friesen and Joshua Patterson of Moose Jaw and Justin Kowalski of Mossbank, were killed as a result.

The fourth occupant of the vehicle was released from hospital while recovering from long-term injuries.

Taylor faces three counts of impaired driving causing death, three counts of driving over .08 causing death, three counts of dangerous driving causing death, one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm, one count of driving over .08 causing bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The matter is adjourned until March 5.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Mossbank

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