Canadian faces new charges in crash that killed Fairbanks girl

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2003

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) A Calgary man faces four counts of criminal negligence over a highway crash last summer that killed a Fairbanks girl.

Nicholas Andrew Pryde, 35, was charged in October with driving while suspended and driving without due care and attention last October.

Earlier this year, the second charge was dropped. This month, police added the criminal negligence charges.

The crash occurred on Aug. 7. Michelle Gustafson, 7, her mom, her three-year-old brother, two aunts and two cousins were driving to southern Alberta for a vacation.

Injured in the crash were the child's mother, Claudia Lively, plus Elizabeth Hissem, Ross Gustafson, 3, Emily Olsen, 7, and Sara Olsen, 7.

Investigators said the minivan was parked on the side of a six-lane highway and one of the women was adjusting luggage on the roof when the van was hit from behind at a high rate of speed near Ponoka, Alberta.

Michelle was resuscitated at the crash site, but died in the hospital later that week.

Two passengers in Pryde's car also were injured.

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