Wit­tke makes court ap­pear­ance in Pem­broke

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The Eganville man charged with dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing death in the wake of a dev­as­tat­ing crash in Arn­prior made a brief ap­pear­ance in a Pem­broke court Tues­day. Wear­ing a white t-shirt and jeans, 20-year-old Zachary Lee Wit­tke stood in the pris­oner’s dock and lis­tened as his case was ad­journed for an­other week. Jus­tice of the Peace Barry Mo­ran ordered him to ap­pear by video on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 18 in or­der to set a date for a bail hear­ing. The court heard that Ot­tawa-based lawyer Paolo Gian­ca­terino is ex­pected to rep­re­sent Wit­tke, who will re­main in cus­tody at the Ot­tawa-Car­leton De­ten­tion Cen­tre. The ac­cused faces charges of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing death, flight while pur­sued by po­lice, theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle while dis­qual­i­fied. Sheila Welsh, 65, died on Sept. 25 when her car was struck on the driver’s side by a stolen sil­ver Ford F150. Po­lice were pur­su­ing the stolen truck at the time.

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