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Charges laid over crash that killed boy

Jun 02 2012

The mother of a 15-year-old Sooke boy killed in a car crash on West Coast Road says she is relieved that charges have finally been laid against the alleged driver.

David James Chiasson, 18, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, theft and possession of stolen property.

Chiasson is accused of stealing a car and crashing it while driving erratically on West Coast Road on April 9.

Three teenagers from Edward Milne Secondary School were in the car at the time of the crash.

Nicolas Twiddy, who was in the back seat, died.

Maria Forbes, 15, and her boyfriend, Steve Livingstone, 18, were injured.

Nicolas's mother, Lisa, said Friday that hearing of the charges lifted a weight off her shoulders.

"People were always asking, 'Why does it take so long, why aren't there any charges?' " she said.

"I'm glad now that charges are laid because I don't have to explain to everyone how the process goes.

I think the police officer has gone above and beyond in preparing the case for the Crown."

The charges were sworn Wednesday, which would have marked Nicolas's 16th birthday.

Lisa Twiddy, her daughter and almost 60 of Nicolas's friends gathered around his gravesite at Hatley Memorial Park Wednesday to celebrate his birthday. They passed around pictures of him and shared stories.

"Just being able to spend [his birthday] with his friends gave me some peace," Lisa said. "Everyone really misses him."

Chiasson wrote an apology on his Facebook page two days after the incident.

"I'm sorry for everything it was an accident. I never meant for him to die. I would give anything to have him back and to be honest - I wish it was me that was dead and not Nic," wrote Chiasson, who goes by the name David Wright on Facebook.

"I'm going to be living with this for a long time."

Chiasson appeared in Western Communities Court by video Thursday for unrelated robbery charges. He allegedly bearsprayed a Sooke resident during a robbery on May 6.

Chiasson is in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in connection with the robbery charge.

He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on June 14.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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