Family in court for sentencing in impaired driving case
Published Thursday, January 8, 2015 10:57AM MST Last Updated Thursday, January 8, 2015 2:00PM MST
The family of Francis Pesa were in a Calgary courtroom on Thursday to hear the sentence for a man charged with killing the young man in a crash on New Year’s Day last year.
Pesa, 20, suffered serious injuries in a crash on Metis Trail on January 1, 2014 and later died of his injuries.
Kulwinder Singh Chohan was behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram truck when he crossed the centre line and crashed into three vehicles, including Pesa’s BMW, and he was charged with impaired driving causing death.
Pesa’s family and supporters have been in court throughout the proceedings and have prepared victim impact statements to read at the hearing.
They also held a rally outside the courthouse to bring awareness to the case and say
"Nothing will ever be good enough for us and I think we also speak for the family that nothing, no amount of time, no punishment, it doesn't matter, nothing will ever be god enough for us to say that's the eqivalent of what Francis' life was worth," said Lian Tolentino, family friend.
Chohan pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday morning and court heard that his blood alcohol levels were between .17 and .21 at the time of the crash.
The Crown is asking for a sentence of three years in jail and a five year driving ban.
A number of victim impact statements are expected to be read in court and the judge in the case says she will not render a sentence on Thursday.
(With files from Kevin Green)