The incident left two people dead and two others critically injured

A family member arrives in court wearing a shirt with an image of Cody Andrews, 23, who died in an impaired driving crash in September 2016.

Scott Altiman has been sentenced to ten years in prison in connection with a drunk driving crash about a year and a half ago.

On Sept. 8 of 2016, Altiman sped through a red light at Dundas Street and Highbury Avenue going 187 km/hr.  His vehicle crashed into Eric Allensen's car, cutting it in half. Altiman had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. 

The collision killed 23-year-old Cody Andrews and 46-year-old Jerry Pitre. 

Allensen, 27, and his girlfriend, Carlie Matthews, 26, suffered critical injuries in the crash.

Last June, Altiman pleaded guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. His lawyer, James Melnick, had asked for a sentence of four to six years. 

"He understands that he has to do what he has to do to make reparation and he's expressed that to me since the day I met him," said Melnick. "His sorrow runs extremely deep, not just for his family and his own life but for the people he's affected."

Many of those affected were in court yesterday.

After the sentencing, Cody Andrews' mother, Shauna Andrews yelled, "I will never forgive you Scott." 

The judge handed Altiman the ten-year sentence in hopes it will deter others from drinking and driving. 

Melnick doesn't believe tougher sentences are working to reduce impaired driving.

He wishes the families of Altiman's victims would have considered an Indigenous sentencing circle as a means to tell his client exactly how they've suffered.

"I honestly believe the way of doing sentencing in the Aboriginal community with sentencing circles is actually a much more robust way to deal with these kinds of really serious crimes than the way we're doing it now," said Melnick.

Altiman is also prohibited from driving for 15 years. The judge recommended he serve his time in a federally run institution that is set up for aboriginal offenders called healing lodges.  

Source: CBC News


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