Case postponed of man charged with driving drunk and causing death of motorcyclist in St. John’s

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The case of a man accused of being drunk when he hit and killed a motorcyclist last summer in St. John’s was called in provincial court today.

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Ronald Thistle wasn't in court, but was represented by his lawyer Bob Simmonds.

Simmonds and Crown prosecutor Phil LeFeuvre agreed to postpone the case until Jan. 28, as the Crown is waiting on information from lab tests.

"It's a very complex case," LeFeuvre said.

It was the fourth time the case was called in court in the last six months. Thistle — who was released after he was arrested — has yet to appear before a judge in the case. Simmonds filed a designation, meaning he can appear on his client's behalf.

Thistle, who lives in the Kilbride area of St. John's, is charged with impaired driving causing death and having a blood-alcohol level over legal amount causing death.

The 65-year-old was arrested as a result of a motor vehicle collision Aug. 16 in the capital city.

Thistle was said to have been driving a pickup when he pulled out of Polina Road onto Kenmount Road, causing an east-bound motorcycle to crash into the side of Thistle's truck.

The motorcycle driver, 27-year-old Nicholas Coates, was rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Once again, several members of Coates' family were in court, many of them holding pictures of Coates. They declined requests for an interview.

Geographic location: Kilbride, St. John's, Polina Road Kenmount Road

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