Jun 21, 2012 - RED DEER CHILDREN SUE DRUNK DRIVER FOR $3.4M IN DEATH OF THEIR PARENTS (Brad & Krista Howe's case)


The family of five central Alberta children orphaned by a drunk driver who killed their parents is suing him for $3.5 million. The lawsuit was filed this year against Chad Mitchell Olsen, who is on parole while serving a federal prison sentence for the deaths of Brad and Krista Howe in 2010.

The suit alleges several damages suffered by the Howes' five children, who are now between 17 and seven years old, and Krista Howe's parents.

Olsen's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal driving limit when he ran a red light and crashed his truck into the Howes' small car at a Red Deer intersection on Feb. 7, 2010.

The family's lawsuit alleges the children and Krista's parents, Ed and Sandra Green, have suffered "bereavement, grief, loss of guidance, loss of care and companionship" and also claims damages for future losses. The allegations in the statement of claim haven't been proven in court. No statement of defence has been filed on Olsen's behalf.

The civil case springs from Olsen's conviction for impaired driving causing death, which originally earned him a 27-month sentence.

However, the Alberta Court of Appeal added 15 months to the sentence last October, ruling that Olsen did not deserve nine months' credit granted by the trial judge for time he spent out on bail before his conviction.

The Parole Board of Canada granted Olsen day parole in December, clearing him to live in a halfway house under supervision.

Authorities recently ex-tended Olsen's day parole by three months and are scheduled to consider him for full parole next month.

Sandra Green spoke during a June 8 rally outside Red Deer City Hall pushing for more severe sentences in impaired driving cases. Sentences currently being handed out aren't enough to deter people from driving drunk, Green said.

"It doesn't make any sense," she said.

Source: Calgary Herald


 

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