Jaswinder Singh Bagri, 41, was charged Jan. 14 in Invermere Provincial Court with multiple counts of dangerous driving in the July 22, 2011, crash that killed Ana-Marie Dias and Robert Howard and their two daughters, Samantha, 11, and Veronica, 9, the Columbia Valley Pioneer reported.
The newspaper said Bagri's flatbed trailer allegedly crossed the center line of a highway and jack-knifed directly in the path of the family's Dodge camper and a Suzuki SUV it was towing, pinning the vehicles against a highway barrier and engulfing all three in flames.
"We do go to a lot of accidents, but it is not very often that we go to an accident where a whole family is killed," Staff Sergeant Marko Shehovac of the Columbia Valley, British Columbia, Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Pioneer.
"I think these are appropriate charges given the investigation."
Provincial Court Judge Ron Webb issued a bench warrant for Bagri — who missed his first scheduled court appearance — requiring he or his lawyer to appear Feb. 12.
Dias and Howard were remembered by friends and family as a creative, bright and hospitable couple who loved to explore the outdoors and were active in the El Carmelo Elementary School community, where Veronica was a student. Samantha was a student at JLS Middle School.