Aug 03, 2016 - BITTERSWEET ANNIVERSARY FOR THE STEVENSON FAMILY

WATCH ABOVE: Bonny and Craig Stevenson speak out on the third anniversary of a drunk driving crash that killed their son, Quinn.


It’s a bittersweet anniversary for the Stevenson family.

On Aug. 3, 2013, Quinn Stevenson, 17, was killed while on his way to work in a two-vehicle crash on College Drive in Saskatoon.

The driver of the other vehicle, Robin John, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death.

READ MORE: Driver pleads guilty in death of Saskatoon teenager Quinn Stevenson

Bonny and Craig Stevenson, Quinn’s parents, have emerged strong from the tragedy and spoke about the Van de Vorst tragedy.

“It takes you right back to that day … that knock on the door,” Bonny told Global News. “You just know that crushing pain they’ll be dealing with.

“Not only is it losing that person, it’s all the legalities that go along with it, the court case, the victim impact statements.


“Those things are heart wrenching.”


Catherine McKay pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and was sentenced to 10 years.

READ MORE: Catherine McKay sentenced to 10 years in impaired driving crash that killed a Saskatoon family

One thing that has frustrated the Stevenson’s is the lack of remorse John’s has shown for his actions.

“I don’t understand how you can’t at least say sorry,” Bonny said.


“Sorry doesn’t even come close to cutting it.”


“Ultimately, he has to live with what he’s done,” Craig said, “and that’s the space we’ve gone,” Bonny added.

“To me, that’s the biggest sentence he will have to live with for the rest of his life.”

READ MORE: Family of Saskatoon teen killed by drunk driver speaks out

The Stevenson’s said although sentences handed out for drunk driving are not enough, they are focusing on prevention.

“We have to stop this from happening,” Bonny said.

“Our justice system isn’t putting these people behind the wheel, they’re choosing to get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.

“To me, the focus has to be stopping it from happening so no other families have to deal with what we’ve dealt with.”

Craig said it just has to stop.

“You drive past all these memorials on the highway, and you often think about the people who have lost loved ones,” he said.

“It’s got to stop, it’s got to stop.”

READ MORE: Community gathers for fundraiser honouring life of young man

The family has set up a number of legacies to keep Quinn’s memory alive, including a scholarship.

Source: Global News


 

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