Jan 08, 2015 - MOTHER OF CRASH VICTIM FRANCIS PESA SAYS GUILT LIES WITH PEOPLE WHO FAILED TO STOP IMPAIRED DRIVER

The mother of a Calgary man who was killed by a drunk driver said Thursday the offender is not solely to blame for her son’s death.

Grace Pesa said anyone who failed to step in and prevent Kulwinder Singh Chohan from getting behind the wheel a year ago also has her son’s blood on their hands.

Chohan, 37, pleaded guilty in provincial court to a charge of impaired driving causing death in the Jan. 1, 2014, crash which killed Francis Pesa.

“The guilt extends to those who were around Mr. Chohan,” Grace Pesa said outside court, after a lengthy sentencing hearing where Judge Joanne Durant heard more than a dozen victim impact statements.

“No one stopped him to drive after drinking,” the still grief-stricken mom said. “No one offered to pay for a cab, so they are as guilty at he is, whoever they are.”

She said deaths like her son’s can easily be stopped if only people would be vigilant about making sure motorists don’t drink and drive.

“This is so preventable, so preventable,” she said, shaking her head. “I’m not against drinking, just don’t drive, just don’t drive.”

Her comments followed an emotional hearing before Durant, in which friends and relatives of the dead man presented statements about his loss.

Among those who addressed the court was Pesa’s mom, who gave a heart-wrenching speech about her son’s final days.

Pesa, 20, was transferred to Foothills Hospital after the early evening crash on Metis Tr. N.E. after Chohan struck his BMW while driving drunk into oncoming traffic.

The collision was so violent “the BMW’s entire left side was separated from the vehicle,” Crown prosecutor Kevin Doyle told court.

Doyle said based on breath samples taken hours after the crash, it was estimated Chohan’s impairment level at the time was between 178 and 215 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood — more than double the legal driving limit.

In her statement in court, the mom told of how she lived through the nightmare of rushing to her son’s bedside to be told by an emergency doctor his prognosis was dire.

“I kneeled down, begged him to save Francis,” she said.

Pesa’s older brother, Hervin, also spoke.

“My brother became collateral damage to someone’s leisure,” he said.

Both Crown and defence are seeking a three-year prison term. A date for Durant’s ruling will be set Monday.

Source: Calgary Sun


 

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