It must be a couple's worst nightmare to lose a child in a tragic accident, but to lose two children must be absolutely heartbreaking. Unfortunately for a Peterborough family, that is exactly what happened. Granted, one of their children is going to prison for four years and six months while the other has, tragically, drowned, it must feel as if both are gone.
Their 30-year-old son has recently been convicted of impaired driving causing death
, driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit and dangerous driving causing death. His sister had been in an SUV that he was driving on New Year's Eve 2012 when the vehicle fell through the ice on Eels Lake. Although the man and his friend were able to escape, the 27-year-old woman drowned.
Regardless of this young man's involvement in the death of his sister, their parents are the ones who are losing their son. First they lost their daughter in a horrific accident and now their son is being sent to prison, as if the first tragedy wasn't enough. Moreover, it must be painful enough for the young man to know that his sister was unable to escape the SUV that evening without having to go to prison, as well.
Canada owes its citizens fair punishments, something for which criminal defence lawyers can help to advocate. A lawyer may not necessarily be able to get all criminal charges dropped in situations like these, but they may at least be able to help prevent unfortunate outcomes like this.
Toronto Sun, "Drunk driver sentenced for joyride that killed sister
," Sarah Deeth, Feb. 21, 2014