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Trial set in fatal South Surrey crash

Jim Neiss was killed in a crash Jan. 18, 2011. - File photo
Jim Neiss was killed in a crash Jan. 18, 2011.
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The trial of a truck driver charged in connection with the January 2011 death of a 59-year-old South Surrey man has been scheduled for five days.

But it will be a year before the hearing gets underway.

According to court records, evidence in the case of Glen Edward Theriault is to be heard in Surrey Provincial Court May 28-31 and June 3, 2013.

In April, Theriault pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death in connection with the Jan. 18, 2011, crash that killed Jim Neiss, who worked as a bus driver with the Langley School District.

The charge was laid 10 months after the incident, which occurred around 5:30 a.m. when a Sterling dump truck collided head-on with Neiss’s Ford Explorer in the 19800-block of 16 Avenue.

The dump truck reportedly crossed a double-yellow line to pass a small white car just before the collision, which compressed the front section of the Explorer into less than half its width.

The truck driver, identified at the time of the crash as a Burnaby resident, was treated at the scene and released.

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