The young driver pleaded guilty in court. Neilsen admitted that when he crashed into Ellis's car, he was impaired and had, not only alcohol but also four other drugs in his system, according to CP24

He apologized to the victim's family in court today before he was sentenced. "I can’t imagine the pain and suffering I have brought into your lives," he said, according to York Region. "I’m so sorry. The worst part of this whole accident is that I took a father away from his children. I will never be able to forget that. I am ready to accept the court’s punishment."

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The fatal accident took place on Highway 28 in Newmarket, Ontario back in November 2017, early in the morning around 6 AM. Neilsen was driving southbound when he drove his car over the middle line of the highway into the opposite lane and hit Stuart Ellis's vehicle head-on, CP24 reports. 

The 28-year-old father died on the scene, and his family was heartbroken over the loss. Ellis was commuting to work when he was killed by the accident, his wife Justine Ellis told CTV News. At the time of the collision, they had a 14-month-old baby together and were expecting a second child. 

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Many people are not happy with the sentencing. Locals have taken to Twitter to slam the five-year sentence by saying that it should be longer. Check out what they had to say below. 

 

Justine Ellis hopes that this incident would serve as a reminder to the public to avoid drinking and drive. "Please don’t drink and drive – it shatters families and it changes everything," she said to CTV News.

 

"Not only do I not have my husband but my kids don’t have their dad and our whole future that we had is gone so just don’t drink and drive."

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