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Man charged in Arnprior woman’s death was under a lifetime driving ban

The 20-year-old Eganville man charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in the wake of a fiery crash in Arnprior was under a lifetime driving ban.

Sheila Welsh, 65, a grandmother of five, died Monday 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. A witness said the speeding truck dragged Welsh’s small sedan about 100 metres down Daniel Street before finally coming to a stop and bursting into flames.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the incident. So far, three subject officers and six witness officers have been designated as part of the investigation, said a spokeswoman for the SIU on Wednesday.

Zachary Lee Wittke, 20, is to appear in court in Pembroke on Friday morning. He 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.

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