Mother can’t for­give man who killed son

Anthony Getschel was sen­tenced to nearly eight years in prison AT MORE FROM THE TRIAL AT Saskatchewan in­tro­duces min­i­mum semi-truck train­ing af­ter Bron­cos crash

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - CLAIRE THEOBALD

Ryan Jimmo’s mother could barely hold back tears as she re­cited a line from her son’s favourite child­hood book, Love You Forever by Robert Mun­sch.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for al­ways, as long as I’m liv­ing my baby you’ll be,” read Linda Jimmo, as fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered in the gallery sobbed and leaned on each other for sup­port in an Ed­mon­ton court­room on Mon­day, wait­ing to hear how Jimmo’s killer would be pun­ished.

Anthony Getschel, 26, will serve nearly eight years be­hind bars af­ter ear­lier plead­ing guilty to man­slaugh­ter and flee­ing the scene of a fa­tal col­li­sion, ad­mit­ting to hit­ting Linda Jimmo holds up fam­ily pho­tos fea­tur­ing her son, Ryan Jimmo, out­side of court in Ed­mon­ton on Mon­day, Dec. 3, 2018.

Jimmo with his truck out­side of an Ed­mon­ton bar in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts, on June 26, 2016, Jimmo — a 34-yearold cel­e­brated mixed-martial-arts fighter — was driv­ing

in a Jeep Pa­triot on Whyte Ave. around 2 a.m. At the same time, Getschel — who had just left Cook County Sa­loon af­ter he and his friend got into a fist fight — raced his 1998 GMC Sierra west on Whyte Ave. The truck pulled

up be­hind Jimmo’s Jeep.

See­ing the truck ap­proach so ag­gres­sively, Jimmo pulled into the park­ing lot of the H2O Lounge near 101st St. and Whyte Ave. to have words with the driver.

Jimmo walked up to the truck, yelling at Getschel. Getschel stayed in the truck.

As Jimmo turned to walk back to his ve­hi­cle, Getschel slammed on the ac­cel­er­a­tor, driv­ing over two con­crete curbs be­fore hit­ting Jimmo and drag­ging him a short dis­tance. Jimmo was still alive but badly in­jured when by­standers gath­ered out­side of the bar flagged down a nearby po­lice of­fi­cer and called 911. Jimmo went into car­diac ar­rest in the back of the am­bu­lance and was pro­nounced dead in hos­pi­tal.

As oth­ers rushed to of­fer Jimmo aid, Getschel sped his truck out of the park­ing lot, nearly caus­ing an­other col­li­sion as he fled the scene.

De­spite watch­ing Getschel shed tears from the prisoner’s box, Jimmo’s mother said she would “never” for­give Getschel.

“He could say he’s sorry for the next 10 years to me; I still don’t have my son,” said Linda Jimmo. “He took my baby. He’s never go­ing to have me for­give him.” REGINA—The Saskatchewan gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing manda­tory train­ing for semitruck driv­ers al­most eight months af­ter the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash.

As of March, driv­ers seek­ing a Class 1 com­mer­cial li­cence will be re­quired to un­dergo at least 121.5 hours of train­ing. Six­teen peo­ple died and 13 were in­jured in April when the Bron­cos team bus and a semi col­lided.

More at thes­tar.com/canada Start­ing in March a Class 1 com­mer­cial driver will need 121.5 hours of train­ing.

CLAIRE THEOBALD/STARMETRO ED­MON­TON

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