A speeding, drunken mother who ran a red light and caused a 3 vehicle crash with 5 children in her car should serve a year in jail, a prosecutor argued Tuesday.
Court heard that 35 year old Salha Daud's daughter, two sons and a friend's two children were in her vehicle on June 25, 2013, the day of the crash. The kids' ages ranged between four and 12 years old.
On Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Breena Smith argued that a one year jail sentence should be followed by a two year driving prohibition and probation.
"The accused was driving in an extremely dangerous manner," Smith said. "The trust that was placed on her was not only for her three children, but the other two that she cared for."
Daud was doing roughly 94 kilometres per hour in a 50 km/h zone on 82nd Street around 7:30 p.m. According to an agreed statement of facts, Daud ran a red light at the 115th Avenue intersection.
Daud struck a Toyota SUV with such force that it careened off the road, across a front lawn and through a residential fence. Daud's vehicle then struck another car stopped at the red light on the other side of the intersection.
At the time, Daud's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. She was also on court ordered probation that prohibited her from drinking.
The Toyota's driver suffered a broken collarbone and one of her passengers had a broken pelvis. The only one hurt in Daud's vehicle was a 12 year old boy, who needed two stitches to close a cut on his lip.
The total damage to the three vehicles was $25,000.
Defence lawyer Brandon Tralenberg told court that Daud has sought counselling for her alcoholism. He argued she should serve 90 days in jail, followed by three years of probation.
"She is remorseful, she is sorry," he said.
In May, Daud pleaded guilty to impaired driving, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and endangerment of a child.
A sentencing decision is scheduled for December 1st.