21 months for Bell Island hit-and-run drunk driver
A Bell Island man who hit two people with his vehicle last summer was sentenced to 21 months on Thursday.
John Dobbin, 42, was drunk behind the wheel of his vehicle last August when he struck 14-year-old Kerri Lynn Byrne.
When he fled the scene of that accident, he clipped another woman.
Kerri Lynn was in the hospital for two days. She had nine staples in the back of her head, and a cast and boot on her foot.
She said she may have to get a screw put in her ankle in August.
"I'm paranoid to walk by myself — I'm afraid to walk," she said. "When I'm walking even in the daytime I look behind me to see if a car is coming."
Stephen Byrne, Kerri Lynn's father, said he's happy with the sentence.
"I expected the courts to give him a little sentence, but he got 21 months so maybe he'll get some help now," he said.
Kerri Lynn said she hopes other people will decide not to drink and drive after hearing the impact on the victims.
"Maybe I was lucky this time, but the next family might not be as lucky as me, so don't drink and drive," she said.
Dobbin pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance.
He is prohibited from driving for five years once he is out of jail.