The widow of a drunk driving victim told the man behind the wheel that she wants “the day Tanner Brent Kaufmann’s life was stolen by your preventable act to be forever burned into your mind as the day many lives were stolen.”
On Tuesday, Colby Nicholas Heid, 20, pleaded guilty to driving over .08 in a Regina courtroom. A judge then accepted the joint submission and sentenced Heid to three years at a federal prison. He was also handed a five-year driving prohibition.
On Sept. 4, 2016, Heid hit 37-year-old Kaufmann on a rural road north of Regina. Kaufmann was killed, as was his puppy, Macy.
At the hearing, the Crown went over the evidence which included Heid telling police he had over 25 drinks that day. Heid’s blood test — which was done three hours after the crash — showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.293.
Evidence also showed Kaufmann was hit at 80 kilometres per hour and Heid did not apply the brakes.
The first person on scene said Heid was “considerably intoxicated” and a paramedic told hospital staff he was hitting on them.
The defence addressed the courtroom, saying Heid has taken responsibility for his actions and has abstained from alcohol and drugs. He had also been working full-time and gone through counseling.
“Everyday I think about the great man I unfairly took away,” Heid told the court.
Kaufmann’s wife, Alyscia, and 13 other friends and family submitted their victim impact statements in court during Tuesday’s sentencing.
In her own words
“Although, you [Heid] have been the cause of our sadness and pain, I still hope that you never experience such loss. It is a loss one never truly recovers from,” Alyscia said in her statement, which she shared with CBC News.
“I want you to leave…