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Injury and death separated by time not uncommon, doctor tells trailer hitch trial

A forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on a woman who died months after being hit by a trailer hitch says it’s not unusual to investigate the link between an injury and a death that occurs much later. 

Dr. Toby Rose is testifying today at the Thunder Bay, Ont., trial of Brayden Bushby, who is accused in the 2017 death of Barbara Kentner.

Bushby has admitted throwing a trailer hitch at Kentner from a moving car, but has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the Indigenous woman’s death, which took place five months later. 

Rose told the court yesterday that Kentner’s death was caused by health complications that were a consequence of an internal injury sustained when she was hit by the trailer hitch.

The pathologist is being cross-examined by Bushby’s defence lawyer today and agreed that a lot of things can happen to complicate a patient’s health in the time between an injury and death.

But Rose says it’s not uncommon to connect an injury that occurred months or even years earlier to the cause of a death. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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