Dec 11, 2012 - SHERWOOD PARK CORVETTE DRIVER CONVICTED OF DRUNK DRIVING IN A CRASH THAT KILLED ONE AND SERIOUSLY INJURED ANOTHER (Robert Zastrow's case)


A Sherwood Park Corvette driver was convicted Tuesday of driving drunk and dangerously and causing a head-on collision that left one man dead and another badly hurt.

 Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Monica Bast found Rodney Ivan Flight, 47, guilty of six charges, including impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Bast ruled Flight was driving with a blood-alcohol level of nearly .10 and he caused the June 20, 2009, collision near Alberta Beach by “deliberately” over-accelerating his “extremely powerful” 2008 Corvette, causing the rear wheels to spin and the car to fishtail, resulting in it veering over the centreline and hitting an oncoming Buick.

Bast called it a “poor decision” by Flight to punch the gas, causing the engine to hit full throttle, saying it would not have been made by a reasonable, sober driver who would have known it would be “inherently dangerous.”

Court heard Flight had admitted drinking beer while playing in a golf tournament at the Alberta Beach Golf Course and then, following a banquet, decided to go for a ride in the area in his Corvette.

Flight told police that after seeing the oncoming Buick, he “stepped on it” as the section of Range Road 32 was straight and then said the tires spun and he lost control.

Flight also told police the incident was “quick and stupid and shouldn’t have happened” and said “I put too much into it and it got away from me.”

Expert witnesses testified Flight was going about 77 kmh in the 50 kmh zone just before the 7:30 p.m. crash.

The driver of the Buick, 67-year-old Robert Anton Zastrow of Onoway, was declared dead at the scene. His brother, Jeffrey Zastrow, who was then 54, was airlifted to hospital with a fractured sternum and three broken ribs.

Bast ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Flight and a date for a sentencing hearing is slated to be scheduled on Jan. 11.

Alberta Beach is about 70 km west of Edmonton.

Source: Edmonton Sun


 

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