A 22-year-old student from Windsor is facing several charges, including criminal negligence causing death, after a single-vehicle crash southeast of Petrolia that killed three business students from St. Clair College.
Jovanpreet Singh, 22, also studying at St. Clair College, is charged with three counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
He is also charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and obstructing a peace officer.
The last charge was due to multiple incidents of fraudulent information given to police following the incident, according to the court.
Singh, an international student and member of Windsor’s Sikh community, was held in custody and spoke through a Punjabi interpreter in Sarnia bail court Friday morning.
The case was put over because a surety could not be assigned immediately. A bail hearing will take place Thursday, Oct. 31, as requested by Singh’s Brampton-based lawyer.
A publication ban was ordered on information presented at the bail hearing.
The college refused to comment on Singh or his registration at the school, but a member of a Sikh temple in the border city confirmed the 22-year-old is enrolled there.
The Sikh temple member, Ekam Grewal, added Singh had visited the temple in the past but was not a regular attendee.
The fatal crash happened Oct. 4 at about 1:30 a.m. on Oil Heritage Road between Gum Bed Line and Aberfeldy Line on a stretch of road that sharply curves east before continuing due south toward Chatham-Kent.
The battered car came to rest in a grassy field beside Oil Heritage Road. A number of vehicles stopped by the side of the road to help the investigation.
Singh is not to communicate with any witnesses as ordered by the court.
Tanveer Singh, Gurvinder Singh and Harpreet Kaur, all 19 years old, were killed in the crash.
They were from India’s Punjab state and were in Canada studying business at St. Clair College.
The Sikh temple in Windsor will host a toned-down Diwali celebration tomorrow, omitting some aspects of the festival out of respect for the three students who died in the crash.