A distracted driver caused a fatal car accident, and now the driver is facing the consequences. A Canadian who killed another driver because he was texting while driving has now been sentenced to four years in prison. As a result of him texting at the wheel, he killed another driver and injured two teenagers in a deadly car accident.
Quebec man Martin Carrieres has been sentenced following a fatal car crash that took place several years ago. News of his sentencing was announced earlier today on Wednesday, March 13. Back in March 2012, the 39-year-old had exchanged 34 texts in the evening during dim driving conditions before the collision.
Quebec court judge Maria Albanese was the one who sentenced Carrieres. She wanted it "to send a clear message to the public", especially since she said that distracted driving campaigns had not been effective enough. Carrieres was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and bodily harm and will have to serve time in prison.
So how did the accident happen? Carrieres drove into the opposing lane and collided with an oncoming car. The vehicle he crashed into was being driven by a man coming back from hockey practice with his 13-year-old son and his son's friend.
The father of the 13-year-old son died at the scene of the accident. The police obtained Carrieres' cell phone and during their analysis, they found that he had exchanged over 30 text messages in the span of 40 minutes while he was driving. Judge Maria Albanese said that his distracted driving caused the accident.
"The analysis of the messages shows that the accused reads them as soon as they are received, because he responds quickly," said the Quebec court judge. "In addition, the exchange he has with his spouse is emotional and acrimonious."
The Quebec driver had been texting back and forth with his wife and another woman. His wife had found out he lied about going to his mother's house and was instead meeting up with another female. She was not happy about this and this led to a series of back and forth text messages, said the judge.
The judge found Carrieres fully responsible for the fatal accident. She said his actions were "flagrant negligence."
"The court is well aware that no matter what sentence is imposed, it will never reflect the pain of the victims," Albanese said. "The compensation, if there is any, is minimal for them."
Source: CTV News