Long standing institutional failures led to St. Paul school deaths fatality report


An Alberta judge says the province should require doctors to report unfit drivers following a deadly crash at a rural school.

Provincial court Judge Karl Wilberg says in his fatality inquiry report that the tragedy could have been avoided if such a policy had been in place.

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Richard Benson, a man who suffered seizures for a decade but rarely took his prescribed medication, continued to drive although he wasn’t supposed to.

He had a seizure behind the wheel of his minivan on Oct. 25, 2012 and plowed into a lower-level classroom at a junior high school in St. Paul, east of Edmonton.

Three girls were pinned underneath the van.

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Megan Wolitski, 11, died in hospital the next day and injured classmate Maddie Guitard died last year.

Wilberg says a computer system used by pharmacists should also be programmed to notify the registrar of motor vehicles when people receive anti-seizure or dementia medications.