Wabush man sentenced in fatal hit and run

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Labrador City - The man who fatally struck one pedestrian and seriously injured another in a 2010 hit and run in Wabush was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Jeremy Shannon Reid, 30, changed his plea to guilty to counts of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He was sentenced Friday in provincial court in Wabush.

On Dec. 5, 2010, victims Shane Mercer and Lesia Penney were discovered by a cab driver lying injured in the road at the intersection of Reid and Cabot streets in Labrador City.

Both were taken to hospital in St. John's with life-threatening injuries. On Dec. 17, 30-year-old Mercer succumbed to his injuries.

Penny continues to recover with rehabilitation.

Reid received a concurrent sentence of four years in prison on each count and two 30-day sentences for breaching recognizance, also concurrent.

Reid is also under a nine-year driving prohibition which starts as soon as he is released from jail.

Two charges for drunk driving causing bodily harm and two charges for leaving the scene of an accident were dropped.

The family of the victims were not satisfied.

Mercer's father, Dave Mercer, said in his victim impact statement that he couldn't forgive Reid for his actions.

"You are a cold, cruel, heartless piece of trash," he said in court.

"Did you ever stop to think about what you've done?"

Lindsay Mitchelmore, Mercer's sister, said she hoped the impact statements would hold more weight on the sentencing.

"Going into it we anticipated that this is what is was going to be. But we really hoped that the judge would take our victim impact statements into consideration and do something with it more harsh," she said.

The Aurora

Geographic location: Wabush, Labrador, St. John's

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  • jamieb
    April 23, 2012 - 11:33

    You really have to love the way the law, courts, and gov't have nothing but contempt for the working class. Pleading guilty to criminal negligence so he is not actually responsible for the deaths, he was negligent. Four year sentence on the negligence causing death is the only sentence he will have to serve as all sentences are to be served concurrently. Minus any pretrial time served and he could be out within 24 months.