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The trial of a Sooke man charged in the death of a Langford teen is set for October in Victoria Supreme Court.

  • Jan. 20, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Crash death trial set for October 2011

The trial of a Sooke man charged in the death of a Langford teen is set for October in Victoria Supreme Court.

Arnett Roderick Marchbank, 51, is charged with criminal negligence causing death after a car crash took the life of 19-year-old Jamie Jackson in Metchosin on Jan. 3, 2009.

Last week trial dates were fixed for Oct. 20 to Nov. 1, 2011 in supreme court.

The case has been beset with delays. Marchbank wasn’t charged until six months after the incident. He was scheduled to go to trial in provincial court in Colwood in October 2010, but he opted for a supreme court trial. That stalled the case for a full year before a trial could be scheduled at the Victoria courthouse.

The Langford teen’s Acura was hit head-on in the 4400-block of Happy Valley Road. Jackson died at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a man driving a Mercury station wagon attempting to pass traffic by veering into the northbound lane, in which Jackson was driving.

Services on auction in Metchosin

The Metchosin Community Association is gearing up for a live auction of services as a means to fundraise.

The auction is Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Metchosin Community House.

The association has 39 services up for bid so far, which include everything from dog grooming to oil changes to bridge lessons. Bids are being accepted online until Feb. 11, and will act as starting points for the live auction.

Check out www.metchosincommunityhouse.com/services_auction.htm for the list of services and how to place a bid.