Drunk Driver Sentenced to 5 Years
Erin Vance celebrates Halloween with her sons. She died after being struck by a car on March 18, 2012.
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 10:39AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 11:41AM EST
Ontario Court Justice, Celynne Dorval, has handed Jeremy Rees just under a five-year prison sentence in the drunk driving case, which caused the death of 26-year-old Erin Vance.
Rees, 23, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and leaving the scene of the fatal crash on Bayview Road on March 18.
Vance, a mother of two, was walking home from a bar with her boyfriend, the night she was struck by Rees. She was struck so hard that the impact sent her flying 32 feet and the car crashed through four residential yards, before finally coming to a stop.
Police found a can of open beer in the front console of the car, next to Rees, who had been drinking most of the day.
The Crown had asked for a six-year sentence. The defence had asked for three to four years. Rees surrendered himself into custody last week.
In handing down her sentence, Justice Dorval , said the case resulted in the tragic loss of a hard working young woman and deprived two young boys of their mother.
Members of the Vance family say the sentence of Rees is fair.