July 25, 2014 3:31 pm

Drunk driver who killed woman faces sentencing hearing

Adam Langan pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Doreen Chaikowsky following a crash in August 2013.

Howard Wong

WINNIPEG – Details about a drunk driving crash that killed a 71-year-old woman a year ago were heard during a sentencing hearing Friday afternoon.

Cameras were permitted in court for the case of Adam Langan, who had already pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death.For the first time since Manitoba Justice began allowing cameras in some court proceedings, a victim impact statement was broadcast live.

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The seven-car pileup at McPhillips Street and William Avenue at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2013, injured multiple people, including Doreen Chaikowsky, who later died of crush injuries.

Police said at the time that a Ford Ranger was speeding north on McPhillips when it hit a Honda Ridgeline that was turning left onto William from the southbound lanes of McPhillips.

The Ranger then hit Chaikowsky’s Chevrolet Cobalt and then a Honda Civic.

The Ranger’s “black box” showed Langan was driving it at “full throttle” for the five seconds before impact and travelling at 123 kilometres per hour with no breaking, the Crown lawyer said during the sentencing hearing.

Crown and defense were both seeking a 4.5 year jail sentence for Langan. Judge Kelly Moar reserved his decision to July 31.

READ MORE: Crash kills woman, man charged with impaired driving

Langan was arrested at the scene of the crash and pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death in May.

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