The trial of an Ontario Provincial Police officer came to an abrupt end in Thunder Bay Tuesday morning as Sergeant Darryl Storey changed his not guilty plea to criminal negligence causing death in the 2008 death of Jasmine Veneruzzo.
His defence team was scheduled to begin its presentation this week, but Storey instead pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.
The defence told court Storey was entering the guilty plea after reviewing the Crown's case. The plea was supported by the crown attorney, who said it brings certainty and finality, and a public admission leaves no doubt to guilt.
In accepting the plea, the judge — in his words — called Storey's driving "incredibly stupid and criminal conduct."
As members of Veneruzzo's family held back tears, the judge said the speed at which Storey was travelling gave the teen "no chance."
The 18-year-old Veneruzzo was killed when her car was involved in a collision with Storey's OPP cruiser at Highway 11-17 and the Twin City Crossroads.
Storey went on trial two weeks ago.A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2013.