Family of victim in fatal Prince Albert, Sask., crash face accused
The family of a pregnant woman who was killed in a Prince Albert car crash came face to face to the alleged drunk driver that hit her vehicle.
Chrystal Rivet, 30, died on Jan. 23 after a suspected drunk driver slammed into her car at the intersection of 28th Street East and 6th Avenue East. She was four months pregnant at the time of the crash.
Craig Kopichanski, 21, of Weldon, Sask., is facing a number of charges including impaired driving causing death.
He appeared in a Prince Albert courtroom on Friday for a bail hearing.
This was the first time Claude Rivet saw the man charged with killing his daughter.
"In my own mind, is it an old guy, is it a native guy, is it a white guy, is it a black guy, a big guy, it didn't matter," said Rivet. "She was killed by a drunk."
Rivet told CBC News he has his own opinions about the case.
"You can kill somebody with a car and barely get two years." said Rivet. "How does that happen? In this case we don't know, he's innocent until proven guilty, however, we have the experience that if he's guilty, he's going to get less than two years."
Kopichanski allegedly did not stop for police when officers tried to pull him over, ran a red light and slammed into Chrystal Rivet's car. Police maintain it was not a car chase.
"It's been very, very difficult as you can see," said Rivet. "But with the support that we've had with hundreds and hundreds of friends and family, it certainly hasn't made it better, but has made it a lot, lot easier."
Kopichanski's bail hearing has been adjourned to a later date.