Manslaughter charge laid in fatal Yellowhead Corvette crash

Edmonton police have laid manslaughter and impaired driving charges in a crash that killed a 41 year old woman on Yellowhead Trail in October.

Police say it is the first time in the service's history that a manslaughter charge has been laid in relation to a traffic fatality.

Allan Dean Balay, 47, is facing a raft of charges in the crash that killed Adele James on Oct. 12.

James was killed after the red, 1990 Corvette in which she was travelling lost control on Yellowhead Trail and rolled underneath the Victoria Trail overpass.

James was pronounced dead at the scene. Balay was extracted from the vehicle and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police say excessive speed and alcohol are both believed to have been factors in the crash, and that a Sherwood Park resident had previously called police to report that an impaired driver was leaving their house.

Several citizens had also called 911 reporting that the vehicle was being driven erratically, police said.

Balay is charged with manslaughter, operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol over .08 causing death, impaired operation causing death, and dangerous driving causing death. An EPS officer is set to speak to media about the case at 1 p.m.

Balay will make his first court appearances on January 14th.