Man sen­tenced in fa­tal sin­gle ve­hi­cle col­li­sion

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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.

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