Jack Tobin, son of former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin, and his mother, Jodean, leave court in Ottawa today. ‹ Photo by Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press
A sombre Jack Tobin warned others today about the “nightmare” of drunk driving as he apologized again to the family of a close friend he accidentally killed.
“I truly wish I had been the only victim of my actions that night and not Alex,” the son of former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin told his sentencing hearing.
“If there’s any good to come from this very, very dark cloud, I hope that it will be this message to others: the consequences of drinking and driving are deadly, they are real, they are enduring — a nightmare from which you never wake up.”
Tobin pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death after Alex Zolpis was pinned under a pickup truck during parking-lot shenanigans on Christmas Eve.
Tobin addressed Zolpis’s family by name, saying “how truly sorry and utterly ashamed I am for the unforgivable mistakes I made.”
He is to be sentenced Aug. 31.
Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence and a 10-year driving ban while the defense has suggested a sentence of between 18 and 30 months.