Edmonton

Sivakumar Devarajah convicted of drunk driving death of Agnes Morgan

An Edmonton man has been convicted of killing an elderly woman with his vehicle after he drove away from a Super Bowl party drunk.

Man's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit

Agnes Morgan is shown volunteering with the Salvation Kettle Drive at Westmount Shopping Centre in December 2010. (Bruce Edwards/Courtesy of the Edmonton Journal )

An Edmonton man has been convicted of killing an elderly woman with his vehicle after he drove away from a Super Bowl party drunk. 

Sivakumar Devarajah had blood alcohol level of 150 milligrams per decilitre  — nearly double the legal limit — when he hit Agnes Morgan, 77, in a marked crosswalk just a block and a half from her home. She later died in hospital. 

Court heard from several witnesses during the trial after Deverajah pleaded not guilty

Constable Robert Strachan was one of the police officers at the scene. He told court he noticed the smell of liquor on Deverajah's breath, noticed his eyes were "glassed-over" and he had trouble speaking. 

Strachan went on to call his movements "staggerish," "slow and deliberate" adding that he fumbled with his keys "as if he had no clue what key opened his own door" and that Deverajah's "stumblings were quite animated."

He also told the officer that he only had two beers at the party, then a short time later said he had four. 

Devarajah was found guilty of drunk driving causing death and committing an offence that caused an accident that resulted in a death. 

His sentencing hearing is August 12. 

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