Ask anyone who’s been involved in a drunk driving crash and he or she will tell you; there’s a sheer violence to an alcohol-related crash, and sometimes the offender is just as shocked as the victim. One minute the offender is driving, a minute later they’ve crashed and killed someone.
That’s what happened with an Ontario man charged with impaired driving slammed into the back of a Mazda 3 recently. He was driving down a highway near Kitchener, Ontario, speeding at a rate of approximately 214 km/hr, when he crashed into a car carrying a woman and her infant son. The car rolled after impact and the woman was ejected, and the two month old infant was air lifted with critical injuries.
According to police at the scene, the driver said, “My car didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t kill anybody,” but he admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana and refused a breathalyzer and drug test seventeen times.
He’s since pleaded guilty to five charges including impaired driving causing death, and he’s been released on bail under strict conditions and is required to wear a GPS ankle bracelet.
His sentencing hearing is still in the works, but it may be along the same lines as Marco Muzzo’s sentence for his 2015 crash. Muzzo received ten years in prison for killing three children and their grandfather in an Ontario impaired driving crash.
In this case the offender was also a repeat DUI offender, convicted back in 2009. That fact along with the violence, speed, and victims involved in this crash could mean he’ll receive an even stiffer sentence than Muzzo.
Hopefully if he does, he’ll be another example for Ontario impaired driving offenders who are tempted to get behind the wheel after drinking. This is what can happen if you drink and drive.