Victim impact statements read in 'Kanata 5' case
The wife of the driver found guilty of hitting five cyclists and the victims' families had their chance to share how their lives have been affected Friday.
Sommit Luangpakham broke down in tears at his sentencing hearing as his wife told the court how he prays every day for the cyclists' recovery.
"I know that he's very sorry and I am very sorry for all the things he did," she said. "Please find it in your hearts to forgive him."
The families of the cyclists said the 47-year-old had never shown remorse throughout the court process.
"All along I wanted him to say he was sorry," said Patricia Buchanon, mother of an injured cyclist. "His wife certainly said it and she was very eloquent, this is a huge impact on their family as well."
Buchanon's son Robert Wein suffered a serious brain injury in the crash and requires 24-hour care.
"I miss my pre-accident life and would like it back as much as possible," read Buchanon on her son's behalf.
"Our lives are not the same," said Wein's girlfriend Cathy Anderson, who was also injured in the crash. "He cannot care for himself. He cannot do most things we did together."
Luangpakham was found guilty in October of five counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and five counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
He had testified that he fell asleep and thought he hit a post, when he had actually hit the cyclists riding in a bike lane in July 2009.
Mark White said his life has also been forever changed after the crash left him with a moderate brain injury.
"The moment the vehicle impacted me my life dramatically changed forever . . . and I have no memory of it," he said.
The crown is asking for four years in jail, while the defence is pushing for 12 to 18 months.
"I won't be devastated if it's short and I won't be happy if it's long," Buchanon said. "It will be as it will be."
At the end of sentencing submissions, Judge Monique Metivier said this was a very difficult case with terrible consequences.
Luangpakham will be sentenced on Monday.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Karen Soloman