Bail granted for man charged in Albert Street collision

The man charged in connection with a fatal Albert Street collision was released on bail Thursday.

Bail for Simon Banke, 20, was set at $50,000. Banke will pay $10,000 and his father and uncle will each sign a bond of $20,000.

A married couple was killed in the collision on Sept. 16 when a car struck them as they waited for the bus. Leo Paul Regnier, 36, died at the scene of the crash. His wife, Sherryanne Regnier, 35, died in hospital several days later.

Banke is charged with stunt driving, two cases of criminal negligence causing death and two cases of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death. As a young driver, he also faces charges for driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than zero.

Banke was released on the conditions that he will keep good behaviour, not use alcohol or drugs of any kind, remain at home except for work or school and get any change of residence approved by the court prior to moving. He is not allowed in the driver’s seat of any motor vehicle, or to ride in any motor vehicle without its owner present.

He is also prohibited from contacting members of the crash victims’ family.

Banke accepted the court’s conditions and said he was aware he risks imprisonment for up to two years should he break them.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18.