Impaired driving causing death: mother of accused and victim

Impaired driving causing death: Accused’s mother and the victim

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This is a 'heartbroken' mother who watched her son Anthony being handcuffed after he was convicted of impaired driving causing the death of his other son, Michael Vachon.  

If Judge Réna Emond had to judge a criminal act while hearing the case of Anthony Lafontaine, it was indeed a “family drama” that was in question when the 30-year-old man admitted to having caused the death of his half-brother on July 22, 2017. The two brothers, from the same mother, had been inseparable since birth and worked for the same employer in the field of construction.  

On the day of the tragedy, they were celebrating Construction holidays and had gone to the Shaker in Lévis, then to the Délice with their colleagues. At the end of the evening, the two brothers had exchanged the steering wheel to return to their respective residences, but around 4 a.m., it was Anthony Lafontaine who was driving when the car literally wrapped around a pole. Hydro-Québec after a loss of control in a curve in Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon.  

The passenger, Mickael remained imprisoned in the vehicle while the accused lay half expelled from the vehicle. It was one of the brothers' spouses who noticed the accident after being worried that the two men had not arrived.  

Anthony Lafontaine underwent a long rehabilitation after having was seriously injured in the accident and has not been able to return to work since. He was eventually charged with impaired driving a year and a half after the accident, with blood tests showing a level of 130 milligrams per milliliter of blood.  

Inconsolable mother

The mother of the two men cried hot tears during the procedure at the end of which Anthony Lafontaine was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence. The one who described herself as “a heartbroken mom” in a letter read to the judge said she “felt like she was losing her second son”.  

“I ask the court to be sensitive to my pain as a mother, ”wrote Guylaine Vachon who had a hard time seeing her son Anthony being handcuffed to go to prison.  

L he defendant, who was 25 at the time of the events, spoke briefly, crying, to say that he had “a lot of remorse”. In addition to his sentence, he will be prohibited from driving for a period of three years after his sentence.  

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