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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.