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Inquest announced for 2013 Sudbury-area fatality

Marc Lafreniere died while trapped under an excavator
The province has called an inquest into the Dec. 28, 2013 death of Marc Lafreniere, who was killed after his excavator flipped over while working in the Sudbury community of Valley East. (Supplied photo)

The province has announced an inquest will be held into the 2013 death of Marc Lafreniere.

Lafreniere, 51, died on Dec. 28, 2013 in Sudbury, after his excavator flipped over and trapped him underneath. He had been operating the machine in a swampy area on a bush trail north of Dominion Drive in Valley East, a bedroom community of Sudbury.

Lafreniere, who was the owner at the time of Marc Lafreniere Construction Inc., was located by a fellow employee, who notified emergency services at around 3:30 p.m.

Emergency service personnel extricated Lafreniere, but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The province said that, as a mining incident, an inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Lafreniere's death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths.

The inquest is expected to last two days and hear from approximately five witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Sudbury Courthouse, at 155 Elm St.

Dr. Geoffrey Bond will preside as inquest coroner and Susan Stothart will be counsel to the coroner.