Carry the Kettle First Nation experienced tragedy on July 19 when two people were declared deceased at the scene of a single vehicle accident.

It is believed two passengers were ejected from the vehicle rolled over several times. Cammy Spencer of Carry the Kettle and Sterling Hotain of the Bird Tail Sioux First Nation in Manitoba are the deceased passengers. Two other passengers were transported to Indian Head Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The families are devastated,” said E.L. Busch, File Hills First Nations police chief.

RCMP traffic collision analysts examined the scene and the initial investigation suggests alcohol was a factor in the accident.

The vehicle operator was arrested at the scene and after being treated for injuries, he was transported to Indian Head RCMP detachment. Adrian Cappo of Carry the Kettle First Nation has four charges laid against him, but only answered to two charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death on July 20 in Fort Qu’Appelle Court.

“They lay all four charges because there’s two different laws concerning driving while impaired causing death … There may be more charges pending,” said Busch.

The matter was adjourned to Indian Head Court on July 21 to allow the accused to speak to legal counsel.

Next of kin have been notified and the investigation is continuing.

Accident on Echo Lake under investigation

A night of fun turned tragic after a man was injured on Echo Lake on July 20.

Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP were called out at 10:47 p.m. to attend to an incident involving a boat and a swimmer.

The investigation revealed that a pontoon boat, driven by an adult male, hit a 21-year-old male from Regina who was swimming in Echo Lake near the Resort Village of B-Say-Tah. Both parties were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The male swimmer was struck by the propeller and suffered serious injuries. STARS air ambulance transported the male victim to the hospital in Regina.

The incident is still under investigation by Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP.

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