Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impaired Driver Gets Jail Sentence for Fiery Crash That Killed Woman in Edmonton

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Impaired Driver Gets Jail Sentence for Fiery Crash That Killed Woman in Edmonton

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Edmonton man sent to jail for fatal crash

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EDMONTON - A 21-year-old Alberta man has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a fiery crash that killed a woman in Edmonton last year.

Eric Lestar was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month to impaired driving causing death.

Lestar was impaired, at more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit, when he got behind the wheel and sped through traffic in October 2016.

He rear-ended an SUV that Joann Christou was driving.

The SUV burst into flames with Christou, 50, trapped inside. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Judge Larry Anderson said the horrendous manner of death weighed into the sentence, but noted Lestar was obviously remorseful during the trial.

After his prison term, Lestar will have a five-year driving ban. …

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