Dec 21, 2012 - SURREY MAN CONVICTED IN 2008 DRUNK-DRIVING DEATH OF VANESSA USAK

A man has been convicted of impaired and dangerous driving in connection with the crash that killed 23-year-old Vanessa Nadine Usak more than four years ago.

Stephen Fraser Jenkins, 42, appeared in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey Thursday afternoon for the decision. He was found guilty of four charges: impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

On July 19, 2008, Jenkins was driving his van east on 108th Avenue in Surrey when he crossed the centre line near 144th Street and struck Usak’s Honda Civic head-on.

Usak was pronounced dead at the scene and her passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Jenkins’s leg was injured and he was also taken to hospital. A blood test showed his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

He was charged a year later.

Jenkins was convicted in 1998 of driving without due care and attention. He was initially charged with driving while impaired. Jenkins was fined $300 and given a 30-day driving prohibition.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2013

Source: The Province


 

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