Update: Two men charged with dangerous driving offences following investigation of a fatal collision on TCH near Paddy’s Pond

January 13, 2022
Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

21-year-olds Mackenzie Sparrow of Brigus and Eric Shea of St. John's have been charged with dangerous driving offences following an investigation into a fatal crash between a car and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The collision, that occurred on the Trans-Canada Highway near Paddy's Pond on September 21, 2021, caused the death of the 50-year-old ATV operator and injuries to both occupants of the car.

Holyrood RCMP conducted an investigation with assistance from RCMP Traffic Services East and determined that two cars were traveling at a high rate of speed side by side to one another moments before the collision occurred. One of these vehicles lost control and crashed head on into the ATV, which was traveling on the shoulder of the highway.

Sparrow, who was driving the car that struck and killed the ATV operator, and Shea, who was operating the second car, are each charged with the following criminal offences:

  • Dangerous driving causing death
  • Dangerous driving causing bodily harm (injuries to the passenger of Sparrow's vehicle)

Sparrow was arrested on January 12, 2022, and attends court today. Shea is scheduled to attend court on March 11, 2022.

RCMP NL continues to fulfill its mandate to protect public safety, enforce the law, and ensure the delivery of priority policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador.




Contact information

Corporal Jolene Garland
Media Relations Officer

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