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US man sentenced in connection with crash that claimed life of RCMP officer in Memramcook accident

Const. Frank Deschenes was killed while on duty Sept. 13 when he stopped to help change a driver's tire.
Const. Frank Deschenes was killed while on duty Sept. 12 when he stopped to help change a driver's tire. - RCMP

Man given $3,000 fine, receives two years' probation and is banned from driving in New Brunswick for two years

MONCTON, N.B. – A 31-year-old American man has been sentenced in connection with a crash that claimed the life of Nova Scotia RCMP officer, Const. Francis Deschênes.

On Sept. 12, 2017, Const. Deschênes was assisting two people with changing a flat tire on the Trans-Canada Highway near Memramcook when he was struck by another vehicle. He died at the scene.

Vasiliy Meshko of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was charged with driving without due care and attention.

On Dec. 15, 2017, he pleaded guilty. On Dec. 22, 2017, he appeared in Moncton Provincial Court and was fined $3,000. He also received two years' probation and is banned from driving in New Brunswick for two years.

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