Dauphin accident: Trial begins for the accident that killed two girls

A trial is underway in Dauphin, Man. for a 2019 accident that killed two sisters.

On August 16, 2019, Clare McBride was driving home from Dauphin around 8 p.m. when she said she was hit at the intersection of 147 N Street and Highway 362.

The accident killed her two daughters, six-year-old Oksana Dutchyshen and four-year-old Quinn Dutchyshen.

The RCMP said a Ford F-150 was driving east on 147th Street when it passed the intersection of PR 362 and hit the side of a Dodge Ram driving north.

The two girls were taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died from their injuries.

Nearly a year after the crash, Jack Winters was arrested and is facing 15 charges, including death by improper driving.

The girls’ family and friends gathered outside the Dauphin Recreation Center on Monday, where the trial was taking place.

“I always tell myself I have to do this for the girls. This is one of my last acts as a mother,” McBride said outside the center on Monday. “At the end of the day, this isn’t going to change my life. My girls are still gone. This is just what needs to be done.”

The girls’ father, Justin, speaking on Sunday to CTV News said he hopes the truth is revealed during this trial.

“If you make a mistake, you should pay the price. That’s how I see it. That’s what I hope and I hope justice is served,” Justin said.

He also reminds parents to cherish every moment with their children.

“You never know when it might be the last time. You would never expect something like this to happen.”

At the time of the crash, the RCMP said two people were in the Ford F-150 and both were seriously injured. The person left in the truck with Winters is dead.

The defense argued that Winters did not drive the vehicle into the truck the girls were riding in.

The trial is expected to last two weeks, and the charges against Winters have yet to be heard in court.

-With files from CTV News ‘Jill Macyshon


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