The Regina Police Service has concluded its investigation into a May 7, 2014, incident in which a car was found, abandoned, in Wascana Lake at the Marina at 3016 Wascana Marina Road. The registered owner of the vehicle has been issued three SOTIs (Summary Offence Ticket Information) under the Traffic Safety Act.
On May 7, 2014, at 8:33 a.m., police were dispatched to Wascana Marina Road for a report of what appeared to be a vehicle in the lake. Regina Fire and Protective Services were also summoned to the scene. The recovery of the vehicle was complete as of 6:20 p.m. that evening and members of the Regina Police Service Underwater Investigation and Recovery Team (UIRT) were able to confirm that the car was not occupied. Police Divers searched the vehicle, and the area where it was submerged, and did not discover any sign of a driver or passenger. Investigators were able to follow-up with the registered owner of the vehicle and, upon completion of the investigation, charged the registered owner with three offences under the Traffic Safety Act.
The charges are:
- Section 209(6)(a) per 273 – disobey stop sign liable as owner/person in charge of a vehicle (voluntary payment);
- Section 199(3) per 273 – drive at a speed that is greater than reasonable and safe in the circumstances liable as owner/person in charge of a vehicle (voluntary payment); and
- Section 253(3) per 273 – fail to report accident to the police liable as owner/person in charge of a vehicle (summons, no voluntary payment). Court date is January 16, 2015.
This investigation is now concluded.