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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Man To Serve 30 Months For Fatal Tow Truck Crash

Here's the story from Canada's Winnipeg Sun:

Steve Watkins has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed Winnipeg tow truck driver Amanda Frizzley.

Frizzley, 26, was killed Sept. 30, 2007 after her tow truck was struck by a GMC Jimmy driving the wrong way on York Avenue.

Frizzley's parents, both of whom are driving instructors, hailed the sentence as "precedent setting."

"I think the justice system has taken a quantum leap today," said Craig Frizzley outside court. "With this ruling, I think it's up to them to get tougher and tougher and tougher because it's quite obvious the message isn't out there yet."

Watkins, 22, offered a tear-filled apology to Frizzley's family before being escorted out of court in handcuffs.

"I know I can't expect your forgiveness... I do want you to believe from the bottom of my heart I am extremely sorry," he said. "My heart will forever ache for her and her family."

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