Thursday, April 24, 2014

Canada: Québec Family Destroyed by Drunken Driver, 56, Twice the Legal Limit in his System

According to, Edward Coop, 56, pleaded guilty earlier this year in an Ontario Court of Justice to charges of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Coop, who plowed into a family of tourists near the Niagara Falls last summer, killing a 76-year-old Québec man and seriously injuring his wife and grandson, will spend the next three years behind bars. 

At his sentencing hearing Wednesday (April 23) in St. Catharines, Judge Peter Wilkie said there is no penalty the court could impose that could address the family's "depth of despair and grief they continue to experience."

The Court was told that Coop had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system on August 20, 2013, when he struck Québec residents Jean-Claude Roy, 76, his 75-year-old wife, Yolande, and their 14-year-old grandson, Frederick, as they crossed the Niagara Pkwy. near Murray Hill. 

COMMENT: "One life was taken and two others were left with a degraded quality of life," the judge said.

Roy's widow's injuries were so severe, the court was told, she is no longer able to live independently.

Judge Wilkie handed down a prison sentence of three years to Coop, yet considering that Coop has two previous convictions for impaired driving-related offences and three convictions for drug possession, three years can only be described as a "gift."

In addition to the jail term, Coop was prohibited from driving for seven years.

It is regrettable that data is not maintained on the collective human misery, grief  and distress caused by intoxication.

if we truly knew the actual carnage caused by intoxication on a global level it would prevent us from sleeping at night.