Man released after appealing Abbotsford motorcycle crash that killed Maple Ridge woman – Abbotsford News

An Abbotsford man who was recently sentenced to a year in prison in connection with a motorcycle accident that killed a Maple Ridge woman has been released on bail after filing an appeal.

Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson for the BC Prosecution Service, confirmed that Harrison Heth-Klems, 26, was released on Tuesday, May 10, on $10,000 cash bond plus two sureties (people who will ensure his compliance in the community).

McLaughlin said Heth-Klems appealed his conviction for dangerous driving that caused the death of 19-year-old Megan Kinnee on July 13, 2018.

Heth-Klems was sentenced on April 27 by the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Abbotsford. In addition to his one-year prison sentence, he was sentenced to a three-year driving ban, which will remain in effect.

McLaughlin said that at the bail hearing held Tuesday by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, Heth-Klem’s release came with several conditions, including that he not be in the seat. of the driver of a vehicle.

McLaughlin said the Court of Appeals can agree to release an individual from jail if certain criteria are met, including that “the appeal or application for leave to appeal is not frivolous” and “their detention is not is not necessary in the public interest”.

The date of the call has not yet been set.

Heth-Klems was sentenced in December 2021, when the judge ruled that his conduct constituted “a marked departure from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in the same circumstances”.

Kinnee was a passenger on a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R driven by Heth-Klems – her boyfriend at the time – when they crashed into the back of a 2008 Lincoln Navigator.

The accident happened in the eastbound lane of South Parallel Road near Cole Road after Heth-Klems turned around to observe a separate collision on the adjacent Highway 1.

Heth-Klems was banned from driving at the time and did not have a motorcycle license.


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