UPDATED: Sentencing Hearing Begins For Lakeshore Father In Deadly Train-Minivan Crash
The crown and defence are at odds in sentencing submissions for a Lakeshore father found guilty in connection to the deaths of his two young daughters.
32-year-old Andrew Williams was the driver of a minivan which drove in front of a freight train on Strong Rd in Lakeshore in June 2012 killing his two daughters, aged 6 and 3.
Williams was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death after a trial. He testified he didn't see the train until it was too late.
During a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, the defence asked for a suspended sentence and a probation term while the crown seeks 18 to 36 months in jail, a 5-year driving ban and probation.
During victim impact statements read in court, 6-year-old Wynter was remembered as a responsible and caring little girl. Court heard she was like a "little mom" to her younger siblings.
3-year-old Brooklyn loved her dolls and animals.
Williams began to cry during the hearing.
A statement was also read in court from the train conductor who called it the worst day of his life as he tried to save the little girls. He now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety.
Williams lawyer Laura Joy says Williams beats himself up everyday for what happened and there is nothing the court can do that would make him suffer more than he already is.
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