Sentencing hearing underway in death of British man in southern Alberta
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CALGARY — A sentencing hearing for a Calgary driver convicted of killing a British man is underway and the court has heard victim impact statements from the man’s family, who travelled from Britain to deliver them.
Cinzia Marson, 34, was convicted of dangerous driving causing death in a 2015 crash northeast of Airdrie that killed 32-year-old Christopher Pollitt.
Pollitt was driving a company vehicle when he was hit in the intersection of Highway 72 and Highway 791 by Marson’s mini-van.
Pollitt’s mother spoke about mourning the loss of her son’s future and said she will never see him marry or have a family of his own.
His father said his death was avoidable.
He said the family is pleased that the judge has indicated Marson will be going to jail.
"It's important she learns the lessons of her ways," said Stuart Pollitt. “I’m not sure she will.”
Marson expressed her remorse and read a statement to the victim’s family saying she was sorry for her dangerous and irresponsible behaviour.
“I have taken the life of a young man. From the moment in the ambulance when I found out Mr. Pollitt had passed away there has not been a day where I did not wish I could take that tragedy back,” she read. “My heart is shattered for your family, I am sorry, if I could take all of this back I would to give you your loved one back.”
The Crown suggested a sentence of about two years while the defence proposed a jail term of ten months.
Pollitt was a former British soldier.