Kitchener man who killed mother, and badly injured infant, pleads guilty

The man who was behind the wheel of a vehcile that plowed into another vehicle, killing a mother and badly injuring her infant, has pleaded guilty in court.

Ahmed Darwish, from Kitchener, admitted to dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a breath sample.

The crash happened back on November 27th, 2016, on Highway 7 west of Kitchener, killing a London woman who was sitting in the back seat.

Court heard that the driver was doing 214km/h.

Susana Dumitru was killed and her two-month-old son was severely injured. Her husband received a head wound which required 20 stitches to close. Their family had arrived in Canada from Romania a few months earlier.

Police officers at the scene found that Darwish had open bottles of bourbon and wine in his vehicle, and was slurring his words. He was asked to provide a breath sample 17 times, refusing each request, and also denied five requests for drug sobriety evaluations.

Darwish had been in custody ever since the collision. Following Monday’s guilty plea, he was granted bail with a number of conditions, including that he cannot drive and must be monitored by GPS.

He'll be sentenced on March 16th.

(with files from CTV London)