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Great-grandma fined for fatal 'inattention' at wheel

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A great-grandmother has been fined $1,450 after her "momentary inattention" while behind the wheel caused her to hit and kill a pedestrian.

Katina Lagos, 75, pleaded guilty in provincial court Thursday to the non-criminal Highway Traffic Act infraction of careless driving causing death.

Brian Martin Bruce, 64, died in hospital a few days after suffering major head trauma on the afternoon of June 8, 2012.

Bruce was crossing Marion Street near Rue Des Meurons when Lagos struck him with her SUV while turning right from a "dead stop" at a red light, court was told.

Lagos didn't see him before attempting the legal turn, Crown prosecutor Chantal Boutin told provincial court Judge Sandra Chapman.

Bruce had just walked off a Winnipeg Transit bus and Lagos was on her way to have lunch with a friend when the accident occurred.

Lagos was not speeding, texting, impaired by drugs or alcohol or otherwise in a hurry, court heard.

"This was a momentary lapse -- and that's what it was," defence lawyer Timothy Valgardson said.

He said the high-traffic intersection is one where there's "all kinds of stuff going on... Everybody can turn their eyes... and be in Katina's situation," Valgardson said.

The major issue in the case was whether Lagos's licence should be taken away for a time.

Boutin fought a losing battle for a suspension of two years, saying the fatal collision happened in the middle of a clear day.

"It's certainly concerning for the safety of the general public," Boutin said. Lagos was last tested in 1969 and has never had even a speeding ticket.

Chapman agreed with Valgardson, who argued it would seriously hamper Lagos's ability to continue living independently at home if she was barred from driving.

Chapman found provincial driver-licensing officials likely had more options to handle any driving-related repercussions than she did.

Bruce's family declined to file victim-impact statements because they didn't feel the outcome in court would do anything to "mitigate their loss," Boutin said.

"I'd like them to know I feel sorry personally, from my family," Lagos said. "It was an accident and a big mistake that it happened."

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 20, 2013 A3

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