An Edmonton man involved in a 2010 street race that turned fatal is headed back to jail after he ignored a court-ordered driving prohibition.

Rena Noi Onevathana, 36, pleaded guilty to disqualified driving Tuesday after he was caught behind the wheel in a grocery store parking lot in April 2014. At the time, Onevathana was in the midst of a six-month driving prohibition.

Onevathana pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of an accident after he abandoned the fatally injured 16-year-old Jeremie LeBlanc on the night of April 23, 2010.

LeBlanc’s Oldsmobile was struck by a speeding Lexus and Mercedes as he was making a left turn in the intersection of 66th Street and 31st Avenue. At his own trial, Onevathana refused to admit he was the driver of the Lexus and it couldn’t be proven.

At the trial of his co-accused, where his testimony couldn’t be used to incriminate him, Onevathana told court he was behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s Lexus. That night, he was driving 122 kilometres per hour alongside the Mercedes in a 60 km/h zone.

Onevathana told court that fleeing the scene was a “natural instinct.” He never called 911.

Outside court, LeBlanc’s mother, Pauline, said Tuesday’s 30-day sentence was beyond disappointing. “It’s like a slap in the face. He has no respect for the law or anything else.”

LeBlanc was on his way to the hospital where his sister was giving birth when the crash occurred.

Pauline LeBlanc was also upset that Onevathana will serve his sentence on weekends. He previously received a 90-day sentence for fleeing the crash that killed her son. He also served that sentence on weekends.

In December, Onevathana’s co-accused, Jayant Soni, was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death. He drove the Mercedes. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

Source: Edmonton Journal


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