Are you just as angry as Tom Samson’s family and friends to learn that the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed the Toronto cyclist will be required to serve 15 weekends in jail?
Miguel Oliveira plead guilty to the incident that occurred in November 2012. Oliveira’s van collided with the school teacher’s bicycle at Davenport and Lansdowne. Instead of staying at the scene, the landscaper took off, but eventually turned himself in to police – 40 hours after the fact.
The judge presiding over this case said that “based on the damage to Mr. Oliveira’s vehicle, he had to have known he hit the cyclist who eventually died and that, at the least, the cyclist was injured after the collision.”
In addition to serving 15 weekends in prison (a sentence reduced by the time served under house arrest prior to his guilty plea), Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt banned Oliveira from driving for two years. He is under probation for 3 years, must perform 240 hours of community service, and submit a sample to the national DNA database.
Oliveira’s defence lawyer Calvin Barry claimed that the sentence “allows him to reintegrate into society, keep his job, keep his family,” the defence lawyer said, describing 25-year-old Oliveira as “a hard-working member of the community.”
Dan Samson, brother of the deceased Grade 2 school teacher, is not happy with the way this case turned out. He sent a series of tweets about the outcome to The Oakley Show Wednesday morning, including one that shed some light on Oliveira’s alleged past issues on the road.
Dan called John Oakley from Mexico to explain why he and the rest of the Samson is not pleased with how this case proceeded.