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Family of drink-drive victim in prison plea

THE family of a Scottish Good Samaritan killed by a drink driver on a rural Canadian road have told a court of their anguish as they demanded a 25-year jail term for her killer.

Cory Sater, 40, knocked down Dundee-born Charlene Reaveley and her friend Lorraine Cruz on a country road in British Columbia on February 19, 2011.

He was finally brought to justice almost three years on when a judge at New Westminster Supreme Court in the Canadian province found him guilty of six charges - including impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Sater had downed six double rye whisky and cokes and two Jaegerbomb shots in a bar on the night of the crash before getting behind the wheel.

Miss Cruz had been driving with her boyfriend in a Nissan Pathfinder just before 12.30am when the vehicle crashed.

The two got out of the car, while Charlene, her husband Dan and two friends stopped to help. As the group stood outside the Nissan, a white Jeep Cherokee ran down both women.

Charlene, who was 30 when she died, and Miss Cruz were killed instantly, while Miss Cruz's boyfriend Paulo Calimbahin was seriously injured.

Charlene's mother, Mary Ogilvie, told a courtroom at Sater's sentencing hearing that she was "haunted by the memories of her being buried".

She said: "I will never have a day where I'm not in extreme pain."

Speaking outside the court after the hearing she said she wanted Sater jailed for 25 years. He will be sentenced later this week.

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