A Winnipeg truck driver has been sentenced for his role in an accident nearly two-and-a-half years ago that killed three teenagers from Carrot River.
Normand Lavoie was sentenced in Melfort today to three years for each person killed, plus one year for seriously injuring a flagperson after pleading guilty to three counts of dangerous driving causing death and one of dangerous driving causing bodily harm earlier this year. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Lavoie was behind the wheel of a semi-truck that did not slow down in a construction zone on May 3, 2015 on Highway 6 near Spalding.
The truck slammed into the back of a car carrying 14 year old Justin Gaja, 15 year old Kristian Skalicky and 17 year old Carter Stevenson who were returning to Carrot River after being at a football camp.
In making her decision today, Justice Mona Dovell said the three were “senselessly killed”.
The semi was going 84 kilometers an hour when it hit the car containing the three pushing it into a truck which was waiting to proceed in the construction zone.
The 41 year old denied he had fallen asleep at the wheel, but had said he did not recall seeing any signs indicating highway construction or that he was in a construction zone.