Man fined for crash that killed 14-year-old boy
Alicia Delorme has been waiting nearly four years to hear a guilty verdict in the traffic accident that claimed the life of her 14-year-old son. She finally got her wish but, in her eyes, not justice.
“If I had it my way, he’d go to jail,” said Delorme.
14-year-old Yotin Ironstand was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike across a busy intersection on Gladstone and Smith Street in July 2011. He died in hospital from his injuries.
Jason Ungar was found guilty of speeding and one charge of driving without due care and attention. He was fined $410 dollars.
Family members of Ironstand were upset and many were in tears when they heard the verdict.
Delorme said that her son’s life was worth more than a fine.
During the trial the court heard that Ungar had a green light at the time of the collision. He said he got sun in his eyes which prevented him from seeing the victim crossing the street.
Ungar’s lawyer, Shane Wagner, told CTV’s Katherine Dow that the fine is fairly standard in these types of cases because Ungar was charged under the Traffic Safety Act, not the Criminal Code.
Ungar did not appear in court. He did not legally have to be there.
Now that the trial is over Delrome and her family can move on. But, while she wants to put the tragedy behind her, she believes her son will live on in her heart.
“Even though he’s gone, we still don’t want to forget him or anything. I still want to keep his memory alive,” Delorme said.