Driver with brain tumour suffered black out moments before fatally striking pedestrian

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Beagrie explained that he had blacked out and was handed a 24-hour driving suspension at the time.

That collision occurred four years after he was first diagnosed with a benign tumour in his brain, resulting in him seeing a neurologist on a yearly basis.

Following the Feb. 17, 2017, crash in Drumheller, Beagrie underwent a CT scan where it was determined his tumour had grown since his last scan on June 4, 2013.

In the weeks and months that followed the Drumheller incident, Beagrie was sent a series of letters from Alberta Transportation requiring him to have his family doctor complete questions regarding his health.

On March 7, 2017, Beagrie saw his family doctor and reported he’d experienced three, or four bouts of losing consciousness at work, Richards told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Neufeld.

In April 2017, Alberta Transportation sent him a follow-up letter as they had not received a response, giving him a May 10, deadline to provide the information, the prosecutor said.

A week prior to the deadline Beagrie once again saw his doctor, who reviewed the latest scan showing the tumour had grown and advised him not to drive as he needed to see a neurologist.

Just 11 days before the deadly crash, a third letter was sent to the offender again requesting medical information and advising him his driver’s licence would be suspended on June 6.

On May 23, 2017, at approximately 6:55 p.m., Beagrie was driving on an access road to Sunridge Mall when he lost consciousness, veered into an oncoming Toyota Corolla and then struck Sharma.

“After the collision, the accused stated he did not remember what happened and he had blacked out,” Richards said.

At the request of defence lawyer Allan Fay, Neufeld ordered a presentence report be prepared.

A date for Beagrie’s sentencing hearing will be set Friday. He remains at liberty.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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