A woman who lost her husband in a collision says she is “grateful” to the family lawyer who argued against her and her family in a trial in the Ontario Superior Court.
Sara Gage’s husband died in a car crash in January 2010.
After a lengthy trial, she won a conviction for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
(CBC)”I was grateful to the Crown, and I was grateful that the Crown could have the opportunity to do their job and say that this is not going to be a problem in my family’s life,” said Sara Gage, who lost a husband to a car collision in 2011.
She said her family has experienced a great deal in the intervening years and is grateful for the legal advice she got in the past.
Gage’s lawyer, Scott Linton, said he was disappointed by the judge’s decision to dismiss the family’s appeal.
Linton argued the family had a “reasonable expectation” of being able to recover damages from the driver of the car involved.
“They were just devastated by the outcome,” Linton said in an interview.
“The evidence of what happened in the accident was overwhelming.
The verdict is a disaster for us, and for them.”‘
You did everything you could’In a statement released after the verdict was handed down, Gage said she has been devastated by what happened.
“We’re grateful to our family for the support they have given us and for the advice they gave,” she said.
“I’m also grateful for what my husband’s family has done for me.”
Gage said it’s not easy to get support from family and friends in court.
She’s also disappointed that the trial court judge “failed to give her any advice as to how she was to proceed in court and what her defence should be.”
Linton, who was not present in court, said his client is grateful that “the trial judge recognized her right to be heard in court.”
Gamprecht told CBC News that in the family trial, “the defence lawyer’s testimony did not fall within the province of law” and he “made it clear that the court’s decision on the merits of the claim should be left to the trial judge.”
“It was a decision that was not in accordance with the law,” he said.
Gampremerecht said the judge gave her and other family members the option of having their appeal dismissed or a new trial ordered.
He also said the court will be “reviewing the law in the coming days.”
Gagade said she is hopeful that “everything will be OK in court” but she remains frustrated by the delays and the costs.
“It’s frustrating, because you do everything you can to prepare your case and you don’t get it done,” she told CBC’s As It Happens.