Sherwood Park man convicted of drunk driving causing death loses appeal
EDMONTON – An Edmonton-area man who was driving drunk when he lost control of his Corvette and killed the driver of another car has lost his appeal and has been ordered to report to prison.
Rodney Ivan Flight of Sherwood Park was challenging a conviction of impaired driving causing death.
Robert Zastrow died after Flight’s car fishtailed out of control at high speed, crossed the centre line and collided with the victim’s vehicle near Alberta Beach in 2009.
Flight was sentenced in April of last year to five years in prison, but was released on bail when he filed his appeal.
He argued that his charter rights were violated by the way his breath tests were obtained and that he was denied adequate counsel.
The Alberta Court of Appeal rejected all of Flight’s arguments.
The judges ordered him to turn himself in to the RCMP within 72 hours of the court’s decision to start serving his sentence.
Court heard at his trial that Flight had been drinking at a golf tournament on the day of the crash.
He was also convicted for impaired driving causing bodily harm. A passenger in the victim’s car was injured and had to be airlifted to hospital.
His appeal on that conviction was also denied.
© The Canadian Press, 2014