Lethbridge woman faces first-degree murder charge after former partner fatally injured by truck
LPS officials confirm a Lethbridge woman has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a June 2020 collision that killed a pedestrian. (file)
CALGARY -- Lethbridge Police Service officials confirm a first-degree murder charge has been laid in connection with a 2020 collision that killed the former common-law husband of the accused.
According to police, 37-year-old Melissa Dumaine Whitegrass faces charges in connection with a crash that killed a pedestrian.
On the afternoon of June 1, 2020, officers responded to an alleyway in the 900 block of 13th Street S. following reports a Dodge Ram had struck a man.
The suspect vehicle fled prior to the arrival of police.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Chinook Regional Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The deceased has been identified as 30-year-old Austin James 'A.J.' Forsyth of Lethbridge.
Following an investigation that spanned nine months, Whitegrass was arrested Tuesday evening at a home on Lethbridge's north side.
LPS officials confirm Whitegrass and Forsyth had been in a common-law relationship that ended in 2017.
The accused has been charged with:
- First-degree murder;
- Dangerous driving causing death, and;
- Assault with a weapon.
Whitegrass is scheduled to appear in court on March 9.