run that killed man fleeing robbery
A 21 year old Whitby man was sentenced to five months in jail Wednesday for fleeing the scene after hitting and killing a teen who ran across Woodroffe Ave. shortly after being robbed.
Andrew Wieczorek was never accused of causing the accident that killed Brad O’Neil last year but the conditional sentence he sought wouldn’t send the right message, Judge Heather Perkins McVey said.
Wieczorek had right of way but admit hollister sale ted when he pleaded guilty that he’d been drinking with coworkers and was speeding when he hit O’Nei hollister sale l on the night of Sept. 2, 2009.
His blood alcohol level will never be known, the judge noted, but before he left a Bells Corners restaurant, a co worker twice asked him if he was OK to drive.
Meanwhile, O’Neil was celebrating his 18th birthday with beer and friends at a skate park at Baseline Rd. and Woodroffe Ave. when the group encountered a knife wielding robber who chased them back and forth across Woodroffe.
O’Neil and his friends decided to return to retrieve a bag one had left behind. O’Neil didn’t make it across.
Wieczorek struck him, slowed, then drove off. He tol hollister sale d passengers he thought he’d hit someone or something but drove home.
He couldn’t have failed to notice the extensive damage to his truck, Perkins McVey said.
The next day, O’Neil died of his injuries and Wieczorek turned himself in.
The Crown had asked for 12 to 15 months in jail and a seven year driving ban. The defence sought a 12 to 18 month conditional sentence, half of it house arrest, and 18 month driving ban or 90 days to six months in jail.
“This is an extremely difficult sentencing,” Perkins McVey said. She said that on the one hand was an apparently responsible and remorseful young apprentice plumber with no criminal recor hollister sale d and a supportive family.