Kenneth Deane, the former OPP sergeant convicted of shooting aboriginal activist Dudley George, was killed in a traffic accident this past weekend and will be laid to rest in Sudbury Thursday.
Deane, who had been living in Sudbury for some time, was killed Saturday Feb. 25 around 1:15 pm when his truck was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Hwy. 401 near Prescott. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In 1997, Deane was convicted of criminal negligence in the shooting of Dudley George on the night of Sept. 6, 1995. Deane was scheduled to testify at the Ipperwash inquiry into George's death in the coming weeks. The inquiry will have to make due with the sworn testimony Deane gave at his criminal trial.
Deane is the third officer who took part in the Ipperwash standoff to have been killed in a traffic accident.
According to the Globe and Mail, Inspector Bill Linton, who was the commander on the night police marched on the park, died in a car crash in 2000. Margaret Eve, a sergeant who attempted to negotiate with the native activists, died on duty in 2000 on Hwy. 401, hit by a bank-robbery suspect.
Deane is at Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home. Friends can visit Wednesday between 2 and 5 pm and from 7 to 9 pm.