66-year-old Ruth Burger was convicted in the summer of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm after her car backed into a London, Ontario Costco at 50 km/h, an incident which claimed the lives of a young girl and her unborn sister.
An investigation revealed that she traveled half the length of a football field in just over 5 seconds before making contact with the Costco and a young family.
Instead of doing time behind bars, Ontario Court Justice Jonathon George decided to sentence Burger to 3 years probation, 240 hours community service, and a five-year driving ban.
Burger claimed during her trial that her foot was stuck under the pedals, causing the car to accelerate and stopping her from properly braking.
Data from the vehicle’s computer reveals that she was “misremembering” (Judge’s determination; others feel that she was lying) the scenario, as the throttle was 100% open during the crash.
Burger addressed the court Tuesday, saying “Sorry is such an inadequate word but I don’t know what else to do.” She says she’ll never be the same again, and agonizes over the lives lost.
Do you think she should have been spared time behind bars? Should that five-year driving ban be a lifetime ban instead?