LAVAL – No matter how hard they tried, holding back emotions was impossible for the Gauthier family in court Friday.
Some cried, others, like Suzanne Gauthier, were furious.
Suzanne’s daughter Corinne Gauthier-Giambona was killed in a car crash more than four years ago in Laval’s Duvernay’s district.
The man charged in connection with the collision, 30-year-old Anthony Alfieri, pleaded guilty Friday to four criminal charges: two counts of criminal negligence causing death, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash.
“I hope he has dreams about my daughter,” Suzanne told Global News.
“I hope he has nightmares about her, the way he left her on the street.”
Gauthier-Giambona and Leonardo Facchino, both 23, died instantly after the vehicle slammed into a street light in February 2010.
According to evidence presented in court, Alfieri – who was the driver – consumed both alcohol and marijuana the night of the crash.
“It’s a relief that this journey is going to be somewhat over,” said Frank Facchino, Leonardo’s father.
“But for us, the family, it will never be over.”
Alfieri’s guilty plea came as a bit of a surprise as it was in the middle of his trial.
Yesterday, his defence attorney informed the court his client wanted to settle the case.
Alfieri was facing eight criminal charges, and pleaded guilty to four counts in a plea bargain agreement.
Two counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of reckless driving were dropped in the deal.
Alfieri remains free on bail until his sentencing hearing on September 26.
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