Toronto man receives 2-year jail sentence in 2015 highway crash that killed married father
Jordan Ohayon, a former medical sales representative and father to two little boys, stood in front of Justice Michael Block as the judge sentenced him to two years in jail less a day.
The now 32-year-old has been out on bail since being arrested in February 2015 for impaired driving causing the death of Lindsay Findlay. Ohayon, who pleaded guilty to the charge in May, turned and look at his wife as he was led away by two court officers to begin serving his sentence. His mother and brother were also there.
On the other side of the courtroom Wednesday was Findlay’s family. Brittany Findlay, the victim’s only daughter and now 24 years old, delivered three victim impact statements. Her own and statements written by her mother Sandy and her husband Mitch. Standing before the court, wiping away tears, Brittany Findlay recalled the morning of Feb. 4, 2015 when she was woken up by multiple phone calls from her mother. She remembered her mother’s words.
“‘Brittany, your dad was killed by a drunk driver.’ I honestly thought she was joking,” Brittany said.
Her father Lindsay, a transport truck driver from Arnprior, Ont., with 35 years experience and an exemplary record had been killed when the Jeep Wrangler driven by Ohayon lost control in front of his truck on Highway 401 westbound near Brock Road in Whitby. Findlay rear-ended his vehicle and rollde his big rig. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brittany spoke about her father in court. She said he was the rock of the family and an amazing husband to her mother.
“I lost my dad. She lost the love of her life,” Brittany said.
She told the court she has suffered from depression, has had suicidal thoughts and takes anti-depressants to cope with the death of her dad.
Ohayon was also given three years probation, a 10-year driving ban and ordered to do 240 hours of community service.
Justice Block acknowledged the two-year-less-a-day sentence is “very lenient.” Block said he believes the sentence is a proper one given that Ohayon does not have a prior criminal record and pleaded guilty during the trial.
“If it were not for Mr. Ohayon’s plea of guilty, this crime would be worth a sentence of approximately four years in a penitentiary. Historically it has been three years in a penitentiary, but it has been climbing upwards,” Block said.
The judge explained sentences have been rising to deter people from drinking and driving.
Ohayon blew into a breathalyzer twice the evening he was arrested. The first time he registered 130 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The second time he registered blowing 110 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres.
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Ohayon mumbled a few words to the family before being taken away to serve his sentence.
“I am incredibly sorry for the things that have occurred. I am incredible sorry to Lindsay Findlay’s family. I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” he said.
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