'My mother paid the ultimate price for your crime,' woman tells man guilty of dangerous driving causing death

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Gregory Lunn gets 2 years in jail for dangerous driving causing death

A man who was driving close to twice the speed limit seconds before he struck and killed a woman in York, P.E.I., will be sentenced June 2.

Gregory William Lunn, 31, of Millcove, P.E.I., had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in the crash that killed Phyllis Joan Hamill, 65, on Oct. 8, 2015.

Justice Benjamin Taylor adjourned sentencing of the case Wednesday after hearing arguments from the Crown and defence, as well as Lunn and the victim's family.

The court heard that seconds before the collision, Lunn was driving his Chevrolet Silverado 161 kilometres an hour in an 80 km/h zone on Covehead Road, according to analysis of the truck's crash data recorder. The Crown said the actual speed might have been slightly less.

Court heard Lunn came over a hill, saw Hamill's Honda Civic stopped at an intersection and then turn onto the road in front of him.

Crash data presented in court shows he applied brakes four seconds before the collision, and was travelling about 80 km/h at the moment of impact.

Hamill died at the scene.

"How could someone in their right mind reach double the speed limit?" Hamill's daughter, Allyson McCarron, read in a victim impact statement.

"My mother paid the ultimate price for your crime."

Lunn stood in court and apologized to the victim's family.

"I take full responsibility.... I will live with this for the rest of my life," he said.

Crown attorney Valerie Moore asked for a jail sentence of about two years, plus two years probation and a three-year driving prohibition.

The defence recommended a jail term of about one year.

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