Man Charged in Fiery Crash That Killed Palo Alto Family

The family of four was on vacation in Canada when the horrific crash occurred.

Their loss saddened the community, but the way they died conjures images of sheer horror.

Robert Howard, 48, his wife Ana-Maria Dias, 50, and their two daughters Veronica, 9, and Samantha, 11, were killed July 22, 2011 when their vehicle was hit by a jack-knifed trailer, pinned against a guardrail, and burst into flames.

The crash happened in Kootenay National Park.

A year and a half later, authorities in Canada have charged the driver of the jackknifed vehicle with four counts of dangerous driving causing death, according to The Columbia Valley Community Newspaper.

The charges were filed against Jaswinder Singh Bagri, 41, on Jan. 14.

The newspaper quotes Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac, “We do go to a lot of accidents, but it is not very often that we go to an accident where a whole family is killed.”

Shehovac concluded, “I think these are appropriate charges given the investigation.”



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