Charges laid in 2008 hit and run death

An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. (Photo courtesy of the OPP)

Charges have been laid against two Arthur Township natives following a nearly 14-year long investigation into a fatal hit-and-run.

At around midnight on October 10, 2008, 18-year-old Lucas Shortreed was walking along Wellington Road 17 near Alma, Ontario when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. The driver did not stop, and instead fled the scene. Further investigation determined that the suspect vehicle was a 1995-1997 white Dodge Neon. Over the last 14 years, police have received well over 100 tips regarding this incident, and put in an extensive search to try and determine the owner of the suspect vehicle. Now, police have charged two Arthur natives.

David Alexander Halliburton, 55, of Arthur Township has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death and obstruction of justice. Anastasia Marie Halliburton, 53, has also been charged with being an accessory after the fact to commit and indictable offence, as well as obstruction of justice.

Both of the accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph at a later date. The charges have yet to be proven in a court of law.