Tears flowed freely in a Didbury courtroom Tuesday as family and friends of a dead Water Valley woman read their victim impact statements.

Provincial court Judge Pat McIlhargey heard comments from the parents of Kendra Cole as well as other family members and others who knew her.

Cole, 19, died Aug. 5, 2013, from injuries suffered in a single vehicle crash near Cremona on July 28, 2013.

The driver of the vehicle she was in, Travis Hettinger, pleaded guilty in April to dangerous driving causing her death.

He had been clocked at 189 km/h in a 100 km zone before the crash.

Hettinger, 26, had originally been charged with criminal negligence and impaired driving causing death.

Julie Cole told McIlhargey of the call that morning she received to rush to Foothills Hospital, where her daughter was being treated for catastrophic injuries.

“From the moment I received that call ... my world ended as I knew it,” the mom said, describing the agony she and family members went through as medical staff tried vainly to save her daughter.

“For the next nine days I watched as my baby slowly died in front of me,” she said.

She said the image of her daughter hooked up to medical equipment “will remain with me and haunt me forever.”

The still grieving mom said while she tries to remember the vibrant, beautiful young woman her daughter was “the picture I see in my head is that of my lifeless baby girl.”

The dead girl’s dad, Bruce Cole, also addressed the court.

As a Calgary firefighter, he said he had been to many scenes where people have lost loved ones.

“I find myself reliving those accidents,” said Cole.

“The senseless loss of my Kendra has left me struggling to survive.”

He said he has difficulty even talking about the loss of their daughter.

“There are so many things I will never get to share.”

Shauna Ward, a co-worker of the deceased, said she was always an inspiration.

“Kendra was the type of woman that I want my daughters to grow up to be like and my son to marry,” said a teary Ward.

Crown prosecutor Jim Sawa is seeking a four-year prison term arguing Hettinger had 10 prior speeding tickets and was driving at a high rate when he lost control and killed the deceased.

Defence lawyer Balfour Der suggested a 12-month term, noting his client wasn’t impaired.

McIlhargey, who ordered Hettinger into custody, will decide July 27.

Source: Calgary Sun


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