Man accused of killing officer was a trained snowplow operator

Richard Esber Kachkar (front, centre) was a diligently trained snowplow student, thanks to a program paid for by the Ontario government.
(Photo by Anna Mehler Paperny, courtesy of Cat Duly-Lisle)

Friday, January 14, 2011 – Globe and Mail

ST. CATHARINES, ONT. AND TORONTO — Richard Esber Kachkar, who police allege drove the snowplow that killed Sergeant Ryan Russell, would have been no stranger to that kind of heavy machinery.

For 10 hours a day, five days a week over three months, Mr. Kachkar trained to use heavy machinery at the St. Catharines campus of Transport Training Centres, a program his instructor said was funded by the Ontario government.

And, according to the woman who taught him how to control the heavy, complex machinery, the 44-year-old Mr. Kachkar was an able student.

“He was very conscientious,” Cat Duly-Lisle said. “He was so careful.”

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