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Edmonton driver who killed man with automobile pleads responsible to manslaughter

Coates, 31, died in hospital three days after Ewen plowed into him along with his automobile after dropping a combat exterior a home get together

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An Edmonton man who killed one other man along with his automobile after a combat over a Hells Angels hat was needed by police on the time for severely injuring his girlfriend in the same incident, a courtroom has heard.

Kevin Christian Ewen, 30, pleaded responsible in Edmonton Courtroom of King’s Bench Thursday to manslaughter for the March 2021 dying of Bradley Coates.

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Coates, 31, died in hospital three days after Ewen plowed into him along with his automobile after dropping a combat exterior a home get together.

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Ewen was initially charged with first-degree homicide however was allowed to plead responsible to the lesser offence. He stays out on bail pending sentencing and sat within the prisoner field sporting an all-black swimsuit with a purple tie.

Coates’ family members watched from the gallery and on video convention, one with tears in her eyes.

Ewen beforehand served 100 days in jail and was banned from driving for a 12 months after working over his then-girlfriend’s leg the 12 months prior, Justice Stephen Hillier heard. He was additionally given 18 months probation.

Struggle over a hat

Based on an agreed assertion of details, Ewen and Coates have been strangers once they attended a home get together at 1640 Rutherford Rd. SW on March 14, 2021.

The 2 acquired drunk and got here into battle after Ewen advised a narrative about having been robbed in Saskatchewan.

Coates interjected and stated his cousin had been the one who dedicated the theft. The 2 acquired right into a heated argument, which a resident of the house subtle.

A short while later, Coates confronted Ewen once more, this time holding a purple hat with a Hells Angels insignia on it.

“Coates threw the hat on the accused’s ft and requested, ‘Are you severe? You assist this?’” the agreed details state.

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Kevin Ewen
A social media picture of Kevin Ewen, who pleaded responsible to manslaughter Aug. 31, 2023, for killing Bradley Coates along with his automobile in 2021. Photograph by Provided

No extra particulars in regards to the hat have been included.

Finally, the 2 males went exterior. They noticed each other, and commenced to fistfight and wrestle on the street. The commotion woke a number of neighbours, who later stated Coates appeared to have the higher hand. The combat ended when Ewen pulled Coates’ sweater over his head and retreated to his Chevy Cruze.

Ewen climbed in, pulled a 3 level flip and sped towards Coates, who was strolling by a T-intersection again towards the home.

The Chevy hit Coates travelling 39 km/h, lifting him onto the hood. Ewen accelerated, sending Coates flying 16 metres, the place he hit his head on the pavement.

Ewen then drove off. Neighbours who witnessed the hit and run hurried to assist Coates, who was mendacity in a pool of blood.

Ewen later advised his girlfriend he had hit somebody along with his automobile. “I believe I killed the child,” he stated. He later instructed the girlfriend to maneuver the Chevy away from his residence.

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He ultimately drove the automobile to the auto detailer in Nisku the place he labored, the place police arrested him on March 25, 2021. Investigators seized the automobile, which had minor front-end harm.

Ewen pleaded responsible that October to failing to stay on the scene of a collision for the January 2020 hit and run involving his ex. Based on an agreed assertion of details in that case, he and the girlfriend began punching one another after a drunken argument in regards to the location of his vape.

Ewen threatened to “smash” her automobile and left the residence, climbing behind the wheel of his Ford Ranger. The girlfriend grabbed the door of the truck as Ewen tried to smash into her automobile, however misplaced her grip and fell, her leg crushed as Ewen reversed.

Ewen then drove off, leaving her mendacity within the alley, screaming in ache.

Ewen’s responsible plea in that case didn’t require him to confess “what his state of information was about (the girlfriend’s) damage as he left the scene,” the details state.

Ewen’s case is subsequent in courtroom Sept. 28 for sentencing. Manslaughter has no minimal sentence and carries a most of life in jail. He additionally pleaded responsible to a reckless driving cost.

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