Delia man receives conditional sentence for dangerous driving | DrumhellerMail
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Delia man receives conditional sentence for dangerous driving


   A Delia man has received a conditional sentence following a collision that saw a man dragged for 10 metres under his truck on New Year’s Day, 2010.

    Gerald Greer of Delia appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, April 8. He originally elected to be tried Court of Queen’s Bench, but last Friday made pleas in front of provincial court Judge Grieve.
    Charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
    Shortly before noon, on January 12, 2010, Greer was sitting in his truck on 3rd Avenue in Drumheller near the Bernie and Boys Restaurant. Walking by were his estranged wife and her companion. Greer drove toward the pair and struck the male pedestrian with his truck. The man was dragged for about 10 metres before the truck came to a stop colliding with a nearby house. 
    The man was extricated and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was airlifted to Calgary by STARS. There were three individuals in the home at the time but none were injured.
    Greer remained at the scene and gave a full statement.
    Defence for Greer, Hugh Sommerville, told the court that Greer, 51, has no prior record and is of good character. When Greer was first charged, Sommerville said he received 30 letters of reference for Greer. He was married for 28 years and the incident occurred shortly after he learned his marriage was over. Since the incident, he has been abiding by strict conditions.
    “He’s a good man who would do anything to take back a couple of seconds of his life,” said Sommerville.
    Judge Grieve went along with recommendations of a conditional sentence order for 18 months. This is to be followed by 18 months probation, and a one-year driving prohibition.
    In handing down his sentence Judge Grieve told Greer that he didn’t know if he was “lucky or smart that you didn’t have a gun in your hand” on the day if the incident.
    Greer also pleaded guilty to assault stemming from an incident on December 18, 2009. On that date, Greer and his wife met in a motor vehicle, and he admits to pushing her. He was sentence to one-year probation to run concurrent to his previous probation order.

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