Drunk driving trial underway for woman accused of injuring former Hab
The trial of the Montreal woman accused of drunk driving in a crash that injured former Montreal Canadiens player Zack Kassian got underway at the Montreal courthouse today, with differing and fuzzy versions of what happened in October 2015.
Alison de Courcy-Ireland, 23, is charged with driving while impaired and driving while impaired causing bodily harm.
Kassian, de Courcy-Ireland and her friend Gemma Brown were in a pickup truck when it crashed into a tree at Clanranald and Côte-St-Luc in NDG in the early morning of October 4, 2015.
In an admission filed in court, Kassian suffered a broken nose and a broken toe and needed six stitches to his head.
Kassian testified via videoconference from Edmonton where he now plays for the Oilers.
Kassian testified that he had been partying since 9 a.m. the day before the accident, drinking heavily and consuming cocaine.
Kassian said his memory was spotty but that he was not the one behind the wheel that day. Kassian testified he was extremely drunk and tired and threw himself in the back seat and fell asleep.
In a recording played in court, Kassian is heard telling an ambulance technician he had a few drinks and didn't take any drugs, and that he wasn't driving but doesn't remember where he sat.
Kassian testified he lied to the technician because he was in the NHL rehab program at the time and that if they found out, he'd be sent back to rehab.
At one point, Kassian grew testy, saying he was frazzled and was just in an accident at the time. He said that if they were "trying to prove I was driving, it's false, completely false."
Gemma Brown testified that she and de Courcy-Ireland went over to Kassian's home that day after having drinks at a bar because they wanted to keep the party going.
Brown testified it was de Courcy-Ireland who texted Kassian.
After having drinks at Kassian's home, Brown said the girls decided to go home.
Brown testified Kassian offered to drive them and that she got in the back seat.
At that point, Brown said she was feeling unwell and she had to stop testifying.
The trial resumes on Tuesday.