Ruth Burger sentenced to probation in Costco crash that killed 2

The woman who struck and killed a young girl and newborn baby with her vehicle at a London, Ont., Costco store entrance was sentenced Tuesday to probation, community service and a driving ban.

Driver who killed girl and newborn avoids jail time

Ruth Burger, the driver who struck and killed a young girl and newborn baby at a London, Ont., Costco store entrance, received a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Burger was sentenced to probation, community service and a driving ban.

Six-year old Addison Hall was killed after Burger crashed into her at the Costco store in July 2014. Hall's pregnant mother was also hit, and the baby, delivered via C-section after the crash, also died.

A judge in a London courtroom sentenced Burger to three years' probation, a five-year ban on driving and 240 hours of community service.

Judge Jonathon George found her guilty of dangerous driving in June.

During Tuesday's proceedings, Hall's family read victim impact statements to the court. Hall's aunt fought back tears during her statement, saying she has Hall's birthday presents still wrapped.

Earlier in the trial proceedings, Burger testified about the final moments that led to the crash that killed Hall and led to the death of her newborn sister, Rhiannon.

Burger said that after backing up her car to leave, she tried to get out of reverse, but her foot got stuck under the brake pedal and that the more she wiggled to free it, the faster she went.

She said she tried to control her car but then yelled, "Oh no, oh no, oh no" before crashing into the Costco entrance.

The judge said he rejected Burger's explanation. A police collision expert testified that the data recorder from the vehicle showed Burger's car was at full throttle one second before the crash and travelling at 46 km/h. The brake wasn't applied in the seconds before the crash.


  • A previous version of this story did not mention Ruth Burger received a suspended sentence.
    Oct 21, 2015 10:18 AM ET


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