St. Albert man charged with manslaughter in March fatal hit and run collision

by Trevor Robb

Police have charged a St. Albert man with manslaughter in connection to a fatal hit and run collision in March that killed an Edmonton man and sent three people to hospital.

Officers responded to the collision west of the intersection at 167 Avenue and 59A Street at around 1:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12. Upon arrival, investigators determined that the driver of a Dodge Avenger struck a Chevy Cavalier from behind at a high rate of speed, sending it spinning into the eastbound lanes and colliding with an oncoming Mitsubishi Lancer.

A 29 year old male passenger in the Cavalier was thrown from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the Cavalier was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries, where he remains in critical condition.

The driver and passenger of the Lancer were taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Avenger did not sustain injuries, and allegedly fled the scene on foot.

Michael Beverly Gress, 36, of St. Albert faces a dozen charges including, manslaughter, dangerous driving causing death, three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing death, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.