Edmonton realtor Jayant Soni has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing the death Jeremie Leblanc in 2010.

Edmonton realtor Jayant Soni is guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of a Edmonton teenager four years ago.

Jeremie Leblanc, 16, died after his Oldsmobile was struck by a Lexus and a Mercedes Benz, both of which were speeding north on 66thStreet towards 31st Avenue on April 23, 2010.

He was on his way to the Grey Nuns Hospital just before midnight to visit his sister who was about to give birth.

"Nobody should have to identify their son and (first) hold their granddaughter on the same day," said Leblanc's mother Pauline Leblanc.

She described her son as a responsible young man.

"Even that night he was supposed to be a designated driver for his friends, but I convinced him that it was important for him to be there at the birth of his niece." 

Soni, 35, who was driving the Mercedes Benz at a speed up to 100 kilometres per hour, was also charged originally with street racing causing death in the crash.

While Justice Donna Shelley thought it was "more likely than not" Soni was street racing, she ruled Thursday there was enough reasonable doubt to find him not guilty.

The driver of the Lexus, Soni's long-time friend, is believed to have been travelling at a speed up to 125 km/h. He has already pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of an accident. 

LeBlanc's family was in court today and wept as the verdict was read out.

Soni will be sentenced in the new year.

Source: CBC News


Last updated on: 2014-12-23 | Link to this post