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Our son was killed by an impaired driver who then fled the scene and left him to die. I think people need to understand what victims go through.
First, finding out what happened. Then, waiting for the justice system to do its work. Which itself was a shock. We had no idea what we were about to go through. The talks with the Crown, hearing all the details surrounding what took place, and then finding out most of it can’t even be used in court.
The effect on our family of having to go through a preliminary hearing, postponements, the trial itself, and then sentencing was profound- the tears, the depression. And while the person who killed our son was found guilty, we will never have “closure.” My son is dead.