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Guilty verdict in Henderson four-car crash

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A man who was driving a van on Henderson Highway that caused a four- vehicle pileup in March 2010 has been convicted of three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Randolph Millinchuk will be sentenced in the fall following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Millinchuk, now 56, was driving a camper van south on Henderson Highway on the night of March 6, 2010 when he drove into a car stopped at a red light at Whellams Lane. The force of the collision pushed the car into the vehicle stopped in front of it, which in turn crashed into the vehicle stopped in front of it.

Three people in the other vehicles were taken to hospital for their injuries. One of the injured people, a firefighter, was forced to retire from his job because of lingering back spasms.

Millinchuk was taken to hospital for a blood sample, which produced a blood-alcohol level of .288 several hours after the accident. A lab analysis report stated that would have meant his reading at the time of the accident would have been .315 to .382.

Witnesses had testified Millinchuk was so drunk at the scene he could not stand up, he slid out of his van "like Jell-O," couldn't keep his eyes open, smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred his speech.

Millinchuk's defence counsel, Mark Wasyliw, challenged the charges, arguing the injuries suffered by two of the occupants of the other vehicles were caused not by the crash but when they forced their way out of the vehicles.

Wasyliw also questioned the validity of the original blood-alcohol reading.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 18, 2013 A7

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