|Angry Beaver co-owner Dave Stoll, shown at the opening of his other bar, poses with staff Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Belleville, Ont. (LUKE HENDRY/QMI AGENCY)
BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Manslaughter charges have been laid against the owners of a Belleville area roadhouse in the highway deaths of two women.
David Stoll, 33 and Phillip Sztejnmiler, 32, stand charged with two counts each of manslaughter in connection with a Feb. 6 fatal collision in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 that killed the women. One of them was an employee who, after her shift attended an all-night party at the popular Tuckers Corners bar, drove the wrong way on Canada's busiest roadway.
It is alleged staff of the bar had carried on with a Super Bowl party for employees after the bar closed for the night, with bartenders, waitresses and other staff sleeping at the bar after the party wound down.
One of them is alleged to have got into her car in an attempt to drive home to Belleville. The crash occurred minutes later.
Stoll and Sztejnmiler are also facing six other liquor licence violation offences including encouraging immoderate consumption, permit drunkenness on a licensed premises and permitting the use of narcotics on a licensed premise.
Killed in the crash were Angry Beaver waitress Korin Howes, 23, of Belleville, and Shaina Harrison, 23, of Oshawa.
Both co-owners of the Angry Beaver were also charged with selling and serving liquor outside prescribed hours, serving liquor to an apparently intoxicated person and permitting the supply of alcohol free of charge.
Investigators say the charges were laid against both accused Tuesday morning following a four-month investigation featuring numerous witness interviews and gathering of physical evidence.
OPP spokeswoman Sgt. Kristine Rae, said the Crown's office was also carefully poring over the body of evidence collected before any charges were laid against the roadhouse proprietors.
“Because the charge is not one that's used on a regular basis, they (investigators) did confirm with the Crown to make sure that it was the best interest to proceed,” she said.
Rae noted that while there is always a possibility for additional charges to be laid, it's believed the investigation has been completed.
“Based on the information that the investigators have right now, these are the charges,” Rae said. “If there is new information that come to the investigators they will have to look at that.”
The Angry Beaver has had its liquor licence permanently revoked by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the premises has been shuttered since the incident.
Both accused are scheduled to appear in the Belleville provincial court on July 26.