Manitoba’s highest court is debating whether to reduce the sentence given to a drunk driver who killed a woman and seriously injured two others.
Dakota Smoke, 19, was sentenced last year to 6 1/2 years behind bars after pleading guilty to several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and impaired driving causing the death. He appeared Tuesday before the Manitoba Court of Appeal, claiming his punishment was harsh and excessive.
No date for a decision was announced.
Kim Delaurier, 53, was killed in the February 2013 crash at Isabel Street and Notre Dame Avenue.
Smoke had been drinking heavily that night and was driving a Chevrolet Impala sedan with a number of passengers. Witnesses described seeing him blow through red lights at speeds estimated in excess of 100 km/h just before the crash.
A passenger in Smoke’s vehicle described him as "plastered." Others were screaming at him to slow down.
"A fatal collision was almost a certainty," provincial court Judge Rocky Pollack said at his sentencing hearing.
Smoke T-boned a Honda CRV after running a red at Notre Dame. The CRV hit and killed Delaurier as she waited on the sidewalk for a bus to take her to work.
Police caught up to Smoke two days later. While being recorded at the police station, he called a relative and told him to tell people involved to keep their "mouths shut."
At the time of the crash, Smoke had only a novice driver’s licence, so having any alcohol in his system was prohibited.
— with files from James Turner