'Kanata 5' driver found guilty on all counts
Sommit Luangpakham, the driver accused of hitting five cyclists in Kanata with his minivan before fleeing the scene in 2009, has been found guilty on all charges.
The charges include five counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and five counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
"The verdict has lifted a great weight from my heart that my family and I have been bearing since my friends and I were struck down by the criminal negligence of one man," said cyclist Mark White after the verdict was handed down. "A man who has not shown any remorse for his reactions and whom gambled his life and the lives of others by recklessly getting behind the wheel that morning and then fleeing the scene."
Luangpakham, 47, testified on Monday that he fell asleep and thought he hit a post.
He was at a party before he drove his minivan into the cyclists, who were riding single-file in a bike lane.
"I didn't know I hit the people or anything like that. In my mind I hit the post," he testified.
Luangpakham pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
He showed no emotion as the verdict was handed down.
All five of the cyclists suffered serious to life threatening injuries.
Luangpakham will be sentenced on January 6. The victim impact statements—which are expected to be quite powerful—will also be read in court that day.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Kimothy Walker