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Quebec Teen-Ager Charged in Crash

October 2, 2001

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OTTAWA (AP) _ A Quebec teen-ager has been charged in the head-on crash that killed Pakistan’s high commissioner to Canada.

The 17-year-old male, whose named was not released, was charged with careless driving and driving with improper tires. If he is found guilty, it would be up to the court to determine whether the punishment would be a fine or jail time.

Tariq Altaf died in a hospital on Sept. 21, a day after suffering serious head injuries in the crash.

Altaf was heading home in his chauffeured car when it collided head-on with the teen-ager’s car, sending both vehicles colliding into oncoming traffic.

The teen-ager, Altaf’s driver and another man were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Pakistani officials said Monday they were satisfied with the charges.

``It’s difficult to reconcile with the loss of a very vibrant and seasoned diplomat,″ said Shahid Kiani, the acting Pakistani head of mission in Canada. ``We need to respect the Canadian law, and we have no grounds to doubt what the police have done.″

The teen-ager will make his next court appearance Oct. 26.

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