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License to Kill

September 28, 2010 permalink

When you are the one at fault in a fatal car crash, what do you have to do to get excused with a $500 fine? Answer: be on the board of directors of a children's aid society. Maxine McCaulay, a director with the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society, was charged with dangerous driving casuing the death of Mary McNamara, but she was allowed to plead to only careless driving.



Ont. woman with sleep disorder fined for fatal crash

LONDON, Ont. - A London, Ont., woman with a sleep disorder was fined $500 for a crash that killed a woman more than two years ago.

Maxine McCaulay, 53, had been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Mary McNamara and dangerous driving causing bodily harm for injuries suffered by driver Marlene Klein.

Those charges were withdrawn and instead McCaulay pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Assistant Crown attorney Peter Rollings told Superior Court Justice David Little McCaulay was driving in London on Feb. 16, 2008 when another driver saw her weaving from lane-to-lane.

The witness was calling 911 when he saw McCaulay's car move into the west lane and collide head-on with another car.

Both McNamara and Klein suffered major injuries, while McCaulay had cuts to the back of her hand and a broken blood vessel in her eye.

At the time, McCaulay said she did not know why her car drove into the other lane and didn't have any known health conditions.

There was no evidence of alcohol consumption.

McNamara died in hospital May 2, 2008.

McCaulay's defence lawyer, Patrick Ducharme, submitted medical records and had expert opinion that McCaulay suffers from a sleep disorder.

She's now under treatment.

She is a mother and has a 24-year career in children's welfare services. She is a director with the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society.

The sentence was a joint submission from the Crown and the defence.

Source: Toronto Sun