Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Guilty in fatal McPhillips crash

  • Print

A Winnipeg man has taken responsibility for a deadly smash-up on McPhillips Street in 2013.

Adam Quinn Langan, 30, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Doreen Chaikowsky, 71, around 5 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Langan's guilty plea came right after Judge Lee Ann Martin denied bail.

Sentencing will take place later this year.

The Crown stayed several other charges after Langan pleaded guilty.

Langan was drunk and "hurtling" his employer's Ford pickup along the open curb lane of McPhillips near William Avenue at more than 60 km/h over the speed limit, prosecutor Jim Ross said. Traffic in other lanes was heavy at the time, with at least one witness describing it as "gridlock," Ross told court.

Langan sped into the intersection, failing to notice cars in other lanes were stopped to let a left-turning Honda onto McPhillips, said Ross.

The Honda was hit. At the same time, Chaikowsky made a right turn from William onto McPhillips and was struck by Langan's vehicle.

Chaikowsky's Chevy Cobalt was pushed onto the curb. She suffered several major injuries, including a torn aorta.

Three other people were taken to hospital as a result of the crash, said Ross. Seven vehicles were damaged.

The crash data recorder from Langan's truck showed he approached the intersection at a speed of 123 km/h.

There was no indication he hit the brakes, court heard.

Police took Langan into custody at the scene.

He was belligerent and insulted the officers, Ross said.

An analysis of Langan's blood taken at hospital showed his alcohol level was .16 -- twice the legal limit for driving, Martin was told.

He had been driving with a woman from the south end of the city heading north at the time of the crash, said Ross.

Langan hoped to be released on bail to access live-in treatment programs through the John Howard Society.

He has a record for alcohol-fuelled crimes, including smashing the windows of a Sargent Avenue pregnancy centre with an axe in December 2010.

Neither Ross nor defence lawyer Brett Gladstone disclosed in court what sentence they will request.

A pre-sentencing report was ordered to examine his personal background. The case is due back in court May 26.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2014 A4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  070527 The 21st Annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at Assiniboine Park. The Orlan Ukrainian Dancers perform on stage.
  • Young goslings jostle for position to take a drink from a puddle in Brookside Cemetery Thursday morning- Day 23– June 14, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What should the city do with the 102-year-old Arlington Street bridge?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google