A one year prison sentence has been handed to a Manitoba man for a drunk driving crash that he tried to blame on the passenger, who later died.
Jeffrey Isfeld was also handed two years of supervised probation this week following the crash over ten years ago.
Isfeld was driving Shane Lavallee, 24, home after a night of drinking in October of 2005.
He lost control and flipped his pick-up truck near Pine Falls. Lavallee, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the truck and into a ditch where he suffered serious wounds.
A pact was made between the two men that Isfeld would leave the scene of the wreck and Lavallee would ‘take the hit’ for the impaired driving charge.
Isfeld left Lavallee in the ditch and a passerby discovered the injured man several hours later.
Lavallee died three weeks later in a Winnipeg hospital.
“Those few hours that Shane laid in that ditch could have been a few hours that may have saved his life if you just called for help,” said Lavallee’s Sister, Claudette in a victim impact statement read in court.
“Why didn’t you save my family from all this heartbreak and heavy grievance that we suffered?”
Isfeld pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and failing to stop or provide assistance at the scene of an accident.
In his decision, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Gerald Chartier told court Isfeld has shown remorse and is a low risk to reoffend.
Isfeld must also serve 200 hours of community service and will be banned from driving for three years.
“So much has been taken away,” Lavallee’s sister said in the statement.
“I hope your guilty eats you over many times until your judgment day.”