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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The death of Sergeant Ryan Russell: Owner of stolen snowplow haunted by officer’s death

Friday, January 14, 2011 – Globe and Mail

Toronto and St. Catharines, Ont. — A day after he watched his stolen plow-truck lurch away on an ill-fated path up Parliament Street, Daniel Da Silva can’t purge the memory or the guilt.

“I keep thinking about it,” he said, a day after the truck ricocheted through downtown streets with a troubled man behind the wheel, eventually crushing and killing 35-year-old Toronto police Sergeant Ryan Russell. “I don’t know what else I could have done to stop him.”

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