PEI

Gregory Lunn gets 2 years in jail for dangerous driving causing death

Gregory William Lunn of Millcove, P.E.I., has been sentenced to two years less a day in provincial jail for dangerous driving causing death.

Lunn was driving double the speed limit when he killed Phyllis Joan Hamill in 2015

Gregory William Lunn pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death. (Brian Higgins/CBC)
Phyllis Joan Hamill was killed in the crash. (Lawless Funeral Home)

Gregory William Lunn of Millcove, P.E.I., has been sentenced to two years less a day in provincial jail for dangerous driving causing death.

Lunn, 31, was driving double the speed limit when he killed 65-year old Phyllis Joan Hamill on Oct. 8, 2015 on Covehead Road.

Lunn showed no emotion as sentence was handed down Friday in P.E.I. Supreme Court by Justice Benjamin Taylor.

'It was entirely his fault'

Family and friends of Hamill sat in court as sentence was handed down. 

"The victim's daughter spoke of her anger, love and sadness," Taylor told court, in reference to the daughter's victim impact statement she read at a previous court hearing.

An RCMP photo of the Honda Civic driven by Phyllis Hamill. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Lunn was driving his pickup truck at 161 km/h, according to the court record, when he rear-ended Hamill's southbound Honda Civic. Lunn applied his brakes seconds before the crash.

"In my view, the numbers and the rate of deceleration are not key to this case," said Taylor. "It was entirely his [Lunn's] fault."

2 years probation, 3 year driving prohibition

Lunn had no prior criminal record, but subsequent to Hamill's death, Lunn was convicted of speeding while working in Alberta, the judge noted.

Lunn had pleaded guilty to the charge of dangerous driving causing death. At a previous court appearance, he turned to speak to the family in court and admitted guilt and expressed remorse.

An RCMP photo of the Chevrolet Silverado driven by Gregory William Lunn. The truck was going about 161 km/h seconds before the crash. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

In addition to two years less a day in provincial jail, Taylor sentenced Lunn to two years' probation and a three year driving prohibition.

The judge also order Lunn to provide a DNA sample to the national DNA data bank.

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