Richard Suter pleaded guilty in June to a charge of refusing to provide a breath sample

A sentencing hearing is set to begin in court this morning for an Edmonton driver who admits he killed a toddler.

Richard Suter pleaded guilty in July to a single charge of refusing to provide a breath sample.

He was charged in connection with a May 2013 crash that killed two-year-old Geo Mounsef.

According to an agreed statement of facts presented in court this summer, Suter approached a parking stall at Ric's Grill at 142nd Street and 23rd Avenue and drove through a plate glass divider, striking a table.

The boy was pinned against the wall and killed. His parents and a restaurant server were injured in the collision.

A police officer at the scene demanded Suter give a breath sample. He was taken to the nearest police station, where he called a lawyer and refused provide a breath sample.

He was charged with impaired driving causing death, three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to give a breath sample. The impaired driving charges are expected to be withdrawn this week.

Defence lawyer Dino Bottos said his client simply made a "terrible mistake" that day.

"But that mistake was made based on human frailty, human error," he said. "And it was not a drunken mistake."

Suter and his wife are expected to testify this week.  

Family will get a chance to present their victim impact statements.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to last all week.

Source: CBC News


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