Man sentenced in fatal single vehicle collision
A man who was charged with dangerous driving causing death, related to a single vehicle collision near Three Hills in 2013 was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Dalton Toms appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, August 26 for sentencing.
The court heard how Toms and his friend Perry Isaac were socializing in Beiseker on October 2, 2013. After taking a break to rest, the two woke up and Toms took the wheel of Isaac’s vehicle so they could make it to work the next day. At about 4 a.m., the truck was travelling northbound on Highway 806 when it left the road, continued in a ditch and then into a field where the vehicle rolled. Isaac sustained fatal injuries.
T om s called 911, and waited on scene for emergency services to arrive. When he was int e r v i e we d by police on November 29, 2013, he admitted he was driving the motor vehicle.
Defense for Toms told the court that Toms took the keys from his friend because he felt he was in a better position to drive. There were no signs of reckless driving and that Toms fell asleep at the wheel. A victim impact statement from the family of Isaac showed they were supportive of Toms and expressed forgiveness.
Judge Gashler acknowledged that Toms fell asleep and accepts that Mr. Toms is “serving a life sentence of remorse which is deep and genuine.”
He sentenced Toms to 30 days in custody, followed by two years of probation. He is to complete 200 hours of community service and has a driving prohibition of two years.
Dalton Toms was sentenced to 30 days in custody followed by two years probation after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death.