Zack Kassian incident: who was behind the wheel?

A police officer and another witness testified that it was the accused Alison de Courcy-Ireland who was driving the car the day it crashed into a tree in October 2015, injuring ex-Montreal Canadiens player Zack Kassian.

De Courcy-Ireland, 23, is charged with impaired driving and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Kassian, de Courcy-Ireland and her friend Gemma Brown were in the pickup truck the day of the accident at Clanranald and Côte-St-Luc.

The Montreal police officer testified he arrested de Courcy-Ireland after she failed a breathalyzer test following the accident on Oct. 4, 2015.

The officer testified de Courcy-Ireland started to cry after telling him she was the one driving when she lost control of the vehicle.

Kassian's toe and nose were broken in the accident. 

Brown testified her nose was bruised and that de Courcy-Ireland "looked perfectly fine."

The officer testified de Courcy-Ireland suffered minor injuries to her arm and scratches near her shoulder.

Brown testified Kassian was driving them home that morning after they had a few drinks at his house. 

Upon cross examination by defence lawyer Andrew Barbacki, Brown said she had no recollection of de Courcy-Ireland drinking at Kassian's home.

Brown said as they got off the highway, they  suddenly stopped and Kassian "seemed to fall asleep, he was totally unresponsive."

Brown testified they tried to wake up by calling his name and shaking him but he was not responding.

Brown said their cell phones were dead, they weren't able to get into Kassian's phone and they were afraid of being hit by another car while on the road.

Brown testified de Courcy-Ireland told her she "was okay to drive" and the plan was to go to her house in NDG and assess the situation.

Brown said de Courcy-Ireland "didn't look intoxicated" and looked "calm and collected."

Brown said after about 10 minutes on the road, de Courcy-Ireland turned at an intersection, jumped the curb and then crashed into a tree.

As part of a voir dire hearing to determine the admissibility of the statement she made to police, de Courcy-Ireland testified that she felt obliged to answer the police officer's questions because it was the law and she felt it was her duty to tell the truth.

Upon cross examination, de Courcy-Ireland testified that at the time of the accident, she did not have a valid driver's licence in Quebec and that her Nova Scotia beginners driver's licence had expired.

When questioned by crown prosecutor Sylvie Dulude about her state of mind at the time, de Courcy-Ireland testified she was very alert and had a clear understanding of what was going on.

As for the trial itself, de Courcy-Ireland did not present a defence.

The judge will render his ruling at a later date.