Driver who killed two while tex­ting, speed­ing sen­tenced to two years

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — A young driver has been sen­tenced to two years in cus­tody for a crash in Win­nipeg that killed two peo­ple and in­jured three oth­ers. Court heard the woman, who was 17 at the time of the crash in 2010, was speed­ing and tex­ting. She had also been drink­ing. The woman, now 22, pleaded guilty in youth court to crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death and crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing bod­ily harm. A judge re­fused a Crown re­quest to sen­tence her as an adult. Fol­low­ing her cus­tody term, she will also be un­der manda­tory com­mu­nity su­per­vi­sion for one year. The woman cried as she was led out of the court in hand­cuffs and fam­ily and friends of the vic­tims hugged each other in the hall­way. The Crown had al­leged the woman planned to drink and drive that night, based on a text mes­sage ex­change with a friend. Af­ter at­tend­ing two par­ties, her friends tried to take her keys away but were un­suc­cess­ful. Ev­i­dence showed she was tex­ting and go­ing 20 km/h over the speed limit while on cruise con­trol, when her car col­lided with the vic­tims’ ve­hi­cle at an south side in­ter­sec­tion. Amutha Subra­ma­niam, 17, and Sen­hit Me­hari, 19, were killed. Psy­chol­o­gists said the woman is be­ing treated for post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der. They said she has ex­pressed re­morse and is a low risk to re­of­fend. The Crown had asked that she serve five years in prison as an adult. The de­fence re­quested a youth sen­tence of one year in cus­tody.

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