Impaired driver guilty in crash that killed Sahtlam woman

Raymond Sam pleaded guilty to one count of impaired driving causing death at the Duncan Law Courts yesterday.

Sam was drunk behind the wheel of his Sunbird with four passengers when he made an illegal left-turn onto the Trans-Canada Highway from Brenton Page Road north of Ladysmith, the evening of June 6, 2009.

That’s when 47-year-old Linda Emrick was killed.

“The accused (Sam) did not see an oncoming motorcycle, which T-boned his vehicle, killing the female motorcycle driver,” said Crown prosecutor Scott Van Alstine.

Sam was charged with impaired driving causing death, as well as dangerous driving causing death, and causing an accident resulting in death, but only pleaded guilty to the first count in B.C. Supreme Court’s Duncan courtroom yesterday.

The matter has been adjourned until Jan. 3, when a date for sentencing will be scheduled.

Val Alstine, meanwhile, read out some details for Judge Robert Johnston.

“The accused showed signs of impairment at the scene,” he said. “The accused was brought to the hospital for injuries, where blood samples were taken.”

Those samples showed 267 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, Van Alstine said.

Emrick, a Sahtlam mom of two kids, was travelling to her job as an assistant manager at the Nanaimo Save-On-Foods at the time of her death.

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