Charges laid in 2011 fatal crash
A “relentless” investigation has led to an arrest in a 2011 motor vehicle collision on Thunder Bay’s south side that killed a 60-year-old woman.
Police on Thursday announced the arrest of Ashley Rheal Shabogomik, 30, in connection with the Oct. 2, 2011 crash at the corner of Victoria and Leland avenues.
Jocelyn (Joyce) Ryan, 60, was killed in the collision, and her 68-year-old husband Phil was hospitalized with significant injuries.
The crash occurred at about 6:30 a.m.
The car, being driven by Phil Ryan, was travelling east on Victoria Avenue. Joyce Ryan was in the passenger seat. At the same time, a stolen truck was northbound on Leland. It failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Leland and Victoria, and collided with the passenger side of the car occupied by the Ryans, police said.
The driver of the stolen truck fled the scene.
The investigation into the crash was a comprehensive one, Thunder Bay Police Deputy Chief Andy Hay said Thursday.
“It entailed a lot of interviews, a lot of investigative follow-ups on tips and leads, which finally led to the identification of Mr. Shabogomik,” Hay said at Thunder Bay Police headquarters.
“We really can’t discuss the evidence in this case because it will be before the courts.”
He did say, however, that the information that pinpointed Shabogomik was “recently” uncovered by police.
Shabogomik was taken into custody without incident at 4 p.m. Wednesday after being spotted walking on a south-side Thuunder Bay street.
A beaming Judy Szabo, Joyce Ryan’s stepdaughter, said that her family had no idea an arrest was coming.
“It was the most relieving moment,” Szabo said, referring to a phone call she received from police on Wednesday notifying her about the arrest.
“They asked me to sit down,” she said. “I just couldn’t after that.
“It was a lot of relief. A lot of relief.”
Szabo has informed her brother and two sisters, all of whom live out of town, about the arrest.
“We’re relieved that Joyce can rest in peace now,” Szabo said.
“That’s really our big thing today, is she can finally rest.
“Closure can come when all this is over, and until then, she’s resting, we’re great. We’re really happy. It’s helped the family tremendously.”
Shabogomik has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Shabogomik appeared in court Thursday morning and was remanded in custody to Tuesday.
Hay said Shabogomik, of Aroland First Nation, spends “significant” time in Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay Police have had dealings with Shabogomik in the past, Const. Julie Tilbury said.