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Trial pushed back

Kent Driscoll
Northern News Services

Edmonton (July 11/05) - The trial of an Edmonton man charged in the death of a Cambridge Bay resident has been postponed.

Kevin O'Donnell, 21, is charged with criminal hit and run in the death of Richard Tologanak.

The trial, originally scheduled to begin Aug. 2 in Edmonton, has been rescheduled for Jan. 17, 2006.

Navalik Tologanak, Richard's oldest sister, was dismayed to hear about the delay.

"I think it's really difficult waiting to hear. It makes it hard for the family. It would be nice to get some closure," she said last week.

Richard Tologanak, 43, was riding his bike west on a downtown Edmonton street on Sept. 15, 2004, when he was hit by a southbound pick-up truck.

The impact threw Tologanak across the street.

He was then hit by a taxicab and pinned underneath the vehicle.

Emergency crews freed him but he died in hospital soon after.

O'Donnell was charged after he turned himself in to the police the day after the accident.

Richard - the youngest of 10 siblings - is survived by his children Leslie Harve, Nicole Komak and Shane Akhina and his grandchildren Elijah Harve and Hailey Komak.