Victim's wife forgives killer driver
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 5:08 PM CT
A Manitoba woman whose elderly husband was killed by a young driver's inattention to the road says she hopes he doesn't have to serve time behind bars.
Cory Huber, 22, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in a Brandon, Man. courtroom on Monday.
Court heard that on Dec. 9, 2007, Huber sped through a stop sign on Provincial Highway 3 while adjusting his satellite radio receiver and plowed into a van.
Andy Serruys, 72, was killed instantly.
Serruys's wife, Jean, said on Tuesday that she misses her husband dearly, but doesn't want to see Huber put in prison.
He has expressed extreme remorse, she said.
"I just hope they don't put this kid in jail," she told CBC News. "I think a jail term would just ruin his life," the 77-year-old said.
"My sister went to see [Huber] in the hospital … and the bed was just shaking because he was crying so hard," she said.
The Crown has not made a recommendation on what sentence Huber should receive, instead leaving up to the judge to determine what's fit and proper in the case.
Jean said she thinks a long term of community service would be a more appropriate punishment for Huber, who is from Saskatchewan.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September.With files from Brady Strachan
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