‘He took my child away’: Repeat drunk driver Peter Simms pleads guilty to impaired driving causing death of 19-year-old Mississauga man

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An Orangeville man with two prior convictions for impaired driving has pleaded guilty to causing the October 2020 multi-vehicle crash that killed a Mississauga man and seriously injured a woman, a Brampton court heard Friday.

Speaking via Zoom audio from the Maplehurst jail, Peter Simms, 46, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Jagrajan Brar, a 19-year-old Lorne Park Secondary School student, in the three-vehicle crash on Oct. 10.

“It was very difficult to listen to,” said a sobbing Rob Brar, Jagrajan’s father, who watched via Zoom from outside the courthouse. “The reading of the facts of how my son was killed showed that he did nothing wrong. He was coming home from work.”

“(Simms) took my child away and I can never bring my child back because he made the decision to drink and drive,” Brar told the Star.

Simms also pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm to the female passenger of the Audi S5 sportscar he was driving.

The court hearing held via Zoom video conference and attended by several of Brar’s family and friends heard how two Peel Regional Police officers witnessed the crash while driving northbound along Hurontario Street in Mississauga shortly after midnight.

The agreed facts read into the record by the Crown show that when the officers reached the intersection of Mineola Road and Hurontario Street, Simms raced passed them in his Audi at what the officers estimated to be a speed of about 140 km/h, before rear-ending a northbound Kia Soul. The posted speed on that stretch of road is 50 km/h.

The Audi then fishtailed and careened into the southbound lanes of oncoming traffic on Hurontario before crashing head-on into Brar’s Honda Civic.

Simms was spotted exiting the Audi and making an attempt to flee the scene on foot.

Simms’s blood-alcohol concentration was tested at around 190 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, more than double the legal limit of 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, or .08 per cent.

Witness statements indicated that the Audi driven by Simms and a pickup truck were speeding northbound on Hurontario before the crash.

Simms female passenger, who also owns the car, sustained serious injuries in the crash. She said Simms drank several beers that night.

Brar died at the scene.

According to police, Simms has two prior convictions for impaired driving in Toronto and Brampton dating back to the 1990s.

Peel Region had the GTA’s deadliest roads in 2020, recording a record number of fatalities.

Peel’s 43 road deaths last year nearly doubled the 23 fatalities recorded in 2019 and was more even than in Toronto, which reported 40 traffic deaths.

Ontario court judge Katherine McLeod adjourned the case to May 10 for sentencing.

Jason Miller is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering crime and justice in the Peel Region. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him on email: jasonmiller@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

Jason Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Toronto Star