FREDERICTON (GNB) – Chief Coroner Jérôme Ouellette announced that an inquest into the death of Donald Jackson Hawkes has been scheduled for Nov. 3-5 at the Saint John Law Courts, 10 Peel Plaza.

Hawkes died on Oct. 11, 2017, as the result of injuries sustained while working for Springhill Infrastructure in Fredericton.

Presiding coroner Michael Johnston and a jury will publicly hear evidence from witnesses in order to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

Measures and restrictions will be in place to ensure compliance with public health protocols related to COVID-19.

This inquest was announced pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Coroners Act, which states the Office of the Coroner shall hold an inquest when a worker dies as a result of an accident occurring in the course of their employment at or in a woodland operation, sawmill, lumber processing plant, food processing plant, fish processing plant, construction project site, mining plant or mine, including a pit or quarry.

An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The New Brunswick Coroner Service is an independent fact-finding agency that may not make any finding of legal responsibility.