Friday, May 2, 2014

Canada: Two People Killed by Drunken Driver, 40, Defendant Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison

According to, a drunken driver, 40, who ran down and killed an expat Scot as she tended to two accident victims at a roadway accident has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Fitness trainer Charlene Reaveley, who was originally from Dundee, was thrown more than sixty feet into the air and died instantly following the accident in Vancouver , Canada in February 2011.

Cory Sater, 40, received the sentence yesterday (May 1), despite calls from the prosecutor for him to be jailed for up to nine years.

Sater, who was at the wheel of a Jeep, was so intoxicated that he was oblivious to the mother of four on the roadside helping the victims of an earlier accident and drove into her at nearly 40 mph.

Mrs. Reaveley, who had emigrated to Vancouver when she was seven, died instantly.

She and and her husband Dan, had stopped on the city's Lougheed Highway shortly after midnight to help Lorraine Cruz, 26, and her boyfriend, Paulo Calimbahin, after Calimbahin's crashed. Ms. Cruz was killed outright, while Calimbahin lost one of his legs.

COMMENT: In terms of killing two people, impacting adversely on so many lives, rendering survivors' families losses they will experience for the rest of their days, and leaving Dan Reaveley to raise four young children, etc., Sater seemingly got off with a slap on the hand, understanding that all justices are bound by sentencing guidelines.

Sater left the crime scene before police arrived. His Jeep was later found abandoned. 

Justice James Williams at New Westminster Supreme Court, near Vancouver, sentenced Sater to 7.5 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two charges of driving while intoxicated causing death.

Sater was also prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for eight years. 

During sentencing, people on the public benches wiped away tears as Charlene's mother, Mary Ogilvie, her voice trembling, read out an emotional victim-impact statement.

"Charlene was my only child. I am a mother now but I do not have my child. Everything near and dear to me was taken away that night," Mrs. Ogilvie pleaded.

Ogilvie said she still suffers from depression, nightmares, and anxiety and is now on medication. 

In a victim-impact statement read by his sister, because he was too upset to do so, Dan Reaveley, said he suffers from post-traumatic symptoms, said he had contemplated suicide, but knew he had to keep living for the sake of the family's four children, who were 10, six, four and one when their mother died.
Reaveley compared Charlene's death to the loss of his sight.

Mr. Calimbahin said: "Sater took my leg and my job, but more importantly, he took my future."