Tim Summers admits he did some “reckless drinking” before his SUV flipped into a ditch, killing one of his closest friends.
But, he testified at his impaired driving trial in London Thursday, he wasn’t behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
It was Mark Antone, the third person in the vehicle, he insisted.
“I know he was driving. I let him drive,” Summers, 49, said in the Superior Court of Justice.
Summers has pleaded not guilty to impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm. Killed in the crash on the Oneida Settlement was Carl Doxtator, 59, who was ejected from the SUV after it veered off Fairgrounds Road, drove in the ditch, hit a culvert and flipped on Aug. 30 or 31, 2014.
The wreck wasn’t discovered until almost 3:30 a.m. The men left a party about 11:30 p.m.
It was clear there was a large consumption of alcohol by Summers and his friends.
Daryl Mayers, a forensic scientist from the Centre of Forensic Sciences, estimated, based on tests of Summers’ blood taken at the hospital, that he had between 187 and 311 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Antone would have had readings of 294 mg in 100 ml.
Summers said through questions from his defence lawyer George Grant that he had the SUV for about nine weeks. The only other person he let drive it was Antone.
He testified he woke up at about noon on Aug. 30, to get a ride to the Beer Store in Lambeth, where he purchased a case of 28 bottles of Budweiser. Summers didn’t drive, he explained, because, “I don’t have a licence and the truck didn’t have insurance and I didn’t want to take it off the reserve.”
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