photo credit Kasia Briegmann-Samson
Monday was the sentencing hearing for the driver who killed Tom Samson, and failed to remain at the scene. Tom’s wife and parents read out victim impact statements. Unfortunately, there was a standoff between the crown and defence in terms of the sentence.
as per Oliver Moore on Twitter:
Tom Samson sentencing adjourned to 12-Jan. Crown wants 12-18 months. Defence hoping for 60 days, served on weekends
— Oliver Moore (@moore_oliver) December 21, 2015
Unlike the last hearing in August, this time there was some media coverage.
- The Star: “Parents, widow describe anguish over death of cyclist Tom Samson“
- Globe and Mail: “Family seeking justice, ‘closure’ in case of Toronto cyclist’s hit-and-run death“
- CBC: “‘Part of me is gone’: Miguel Oliveira sentencing hearing hears victim impact statements”
- Metronews: “Samson family recalls cyclist’s childhood at driver’s Toronto trial”
Apparently the defence lawyer made the point that if the driver had remained at the scene, he may not have even been charged, despite the fact that he killed someone with his van, and that he appears to have been at fault (although this latter issue has not been settled in court). This points out the need (again) for vulnerable road users legislation.
The cycling community needs to gather once again on January 12 for the sentencing.