All impaired driving deaths are preventable, but the crashes that cause them have more in common than that. All of them result in the death or injury of someone who wouldn’t have been hurt at all if someone else didn’t decide to drink, get behind the wheel, and drive. That was the case in Ontario when Marco Muzzo crashed into a minivan and took the life of 3 children and their grandfather, and that’s the case in Saskatchewan when Jesse Taylor caused the impaired driving deaths of three of his friends.
Back in September of 2013, Taylor was behind the wheel of his company’s truck with five people along for the ride. He lost control of the truck and drove off the road and down an embankment, resulting in the death of three passengers and the severe injury of one passenger who was ejected through the windshield.
Taylor was charged with twelve different counts for the crash including three counts of impaired driving causing death, three counts of .08 causing death, and three counts of dangerous driving causing death. He also received charges for the passenger who survived.
He entered a guilty plea for his crime, and after support from friends, family, and the passenger who came out of the coma, both the Crown and the defense jointly asked for four years in prison followed by a five year driving ban. If the judge accepts the sentence Taylor may be out of prison and on day parole within a year.
Any impaired driving death is tragic, and this one is no exception. All of the passengers killed were young fathers and friends with the driver. Although Taylor is receiving a shorter sentence than others who have killed people after drinking and driving, he has a life long sentence of wondering ‘what if’ he wouldn’t have driven drunk.