Edmonton Journal August 17, 2015
An Edmonton woman whose passenger died in an April 2014 drunk-driving crash on Kingsway Avenue had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.
Robin Denise Cort, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to impaired driving causing death in connection to the crash that killed 27-year-old Matthew Logan.
About 5:30 p.m. April 28, 2014, Cort and Logan were in her Honda Accord headed southeast along Kingsway Avenue when Cort decided to turn left onto Princess Elizabeth Avenue.
She turned directly into the path of a Mack semi-truck hauling a load of soil, according to an agreed statement of facts presented by Crown prosecutor Mark van Manen.
The impact propelled Cort’s vehicle through the intersection and caused “catastrophic damage” to the vehicle, flattening the car and tearing off the roof. Pieces of the car were strewn across the road.
Logan died at the scene. Cort was extricated from the vehicle with injuries to her right side, back and neck. She was taken to hospital.
Cort displayed obvious signs of drunkenness at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, court heard, including red eyes and the smell of alcohol on her breath.
Cort told police that night she drank eight beers before she got behind the wheel. She was arrested for impaired causing death while still in her hospital bed.
The truck driver was not injured.
Tyler Weatherald was driving behind Cort on Kingsway Avenue when the crash occurred.
“The car turned left and the semi-truck just hit it broadside,” Weatherald said at the time. “We pulled over to help. Quite a few people stopped to help.”
Logan was born and raised in Edmonton and attended Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts.
“Matthew was kind and generous, his laughter will be remembered by everyone who knew him,” his family wrote in his obituary. “He had a big heart.”
Cort will undergo a pre-sentence psychiatric evaluation before her sentencing hearing.