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4-year sentence to Quebec driver who was texting before fatal crash

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Published on March 15, 2019 with No Comments

A Quebec man convicted of killing another driver and injuring two teenagers while texting at the wheel has been sentenced to four years in prison.Martin Carrieres, 39, had exchanged more than 30 text messages while driving on a poorly lit road in March 2012. The accused was found guilty in April 2018 of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Noting that campaigns against texting while driving are not sinking in, Quebec court judge Maria Albanese said she wanted her sentence “to send a clear message to the public.”

Carrieres was driving at night in Quebec’s Laurentians region when his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The other vehicle was driven by a man returning from a hockey practice with his 13-year-old son and his son’s friend.The other driver died at the scene, and after the crash, a first responder took Carrieres’ cell phone and gave it to police. An analysis of the cellular data showed that Carrieres exchanged 34 text messages while driving between 9:18 p.m. and 9:58 p.m., which the judge said explains the accident.

Carrieres initially told his spouse he was going to his mother’s house that night, but she learned that he was in fact meeting a female friend. That put her “in a bad mood” and triggered a string of text messages between Carrieres and the two women, the judge said.

 

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