Officer accused of negligence in ferry deaths pleads not guilty
Former BC Ferries officer Karl Lilgert is seen in a CTV News file image. Lilgert was one of two crew members on the bridge at the time of the Queen of the North sinking, and is accused of criminal negligence causing death. (CTV)
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:55AM PST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 6:47PM PST
The navigating officer of a B.C. ferry that sunk in 2006 has pleaded not guilty to two counts of negligence causing death.
Karl Lilgert entered the plea in court Wednesday, when jury selection also took place.
Lilgert is accused of negligence in the deaths of Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, who went down with the Queen of the North after it rammed into an island and sank nearly seven years ago.
A Transportation Safety Board report concluded the only two crew members on the bridge failed to make a crucial course correction.
Lilgert’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17 and will last six months.