30 months for dangeours driving causing death

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The young man whose friend died following a car accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Cape Ray last September has been sent to prison for 30 months.

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That is six months more than the maximum jail term the Crown requested for Tyler Hodder.

Mr. Hodder, 20, was driving more than 130 kilometres per hour when he lost control and his vehicle landed in a pond.

Mr. Hodder pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in January and was sentenced in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday afternoon.

Devin Parsons, 20, drowned after the Dodge Caravan being driven by Mr. Hodder at between 130 and 140 kilometres per hour struck a vehicle being driven by another group of friends in an area of the highway where passing was prohibited in the direction they were travelling. The out of control van plunged into a pond and only Hodder and the older brother of Mr. Parsons were able to make it safely to shore after escaping the submerged van.

The older brother had lacerations on his neck, hands and arms from the accident.

Devin Parsons did not know how to swim.

The Crown had asked for between 18 and 24 months in prison, while the defence argued for between six and 12 months.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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