Dec. 18, 2008
BATHURST (CNB) - An inquest has been ordered into the Jan. 12, 2008, van crash that killed eight people in northern New Brunswick, Acting Chief Coroner Greg Forestell has announced.
The coroner's service investigates all sudden and unexpected deaths to ensure that no such death is overlooked, concealed or ignored.
A coroner's investigation may result in a formal report of the coroner's findings, or an inquest, an independent public hearing involving a jury and the examination of witnesses.
An inquest is held if the coroner determines that it would be beneficial in addressing community concern about a death, assisting in finding information about the deceased or circumstances around a death, and/or drawing attention to a cause of death if such awareness may prevent future deaths.
The coroner does not assign responsibility or blame for a death. The report of an investigation or inquest determines the identity of the deceased and clarifies the facts and circumstances of the death.
During an inquest, there is an opportunity to make recommendations for preventing such deaths in the future.
This inquest will provide a forum for a full review of the circumstances and will allow a jury to consider preventative measures.
The date and location for the inquest are being organized; this information will be announced when finalized.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Harrity, director of communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-3425.