COCHRANE, Alta. - Family members of an 18-year-old woman who died when a promising junior hockey player crashed his speeding car with her aboard say they are "living a nightmare."
The young man, now 18 and playing in the Western Hockey League, earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death. He has admitted to speeding on a road near Calgary when he lost control.
The teen was driving 100 km/h over the posted 80 km/h speed limit when he hit a dip in the road on April 30, 2011.
Neither teen can be named due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
At the player's sentencing hearing Thursday, the courtroom was filled with friends and family of both the victim and the accused.
Ten people lined up to read their victim impact statements.
"This nightmare is real and it will last forever," said the young woman's father.
He said he was angry that the family received a letter of apology from the young man four months after the crash.
"We are now reduced to talking to a picture of her every day. I now live in hell on earth."
The girl's mother said she feels "remorse, regret and hopelessness."
"I am enraged at the accused for taking her life," she said through tears.
The young man sat quietly during the statements. He looked straight ahead but not at those reading.
"There are no words that do justice to losing your best friend and only sibling," said the victim's sister.
"I lost a meaningful relationship and a strong sisterly bond. Life will never be the same."
Defence lawyer Tim Foster argued against portions of the emotional messages, saying "it was not a crime of intent, it was a crime of negligence."
Crown prosecutor Mac Vomberg says he will be asking for a custody and supervision order of between 18 and 21 months.
Foster said he will be seeking probation.
Judge Gerry Meagher has reserved his decision.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the crash happened in 2010