Hearts 'shredded' when woman killed by drunk driver, sentencing told

Ashley Fogal. (Handout/QMI Agency)

Ashley Fogal. (Handout/QMI Agency)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

BARRIE - Hearts were “shredded to pieces” and a family was “sliced apart like a razor” when 23-year-old vibrant, beautiful Ashley Fogal was killed by an impaired driver who had just got out of rehab, a packed courtroom filled with sobbing friends and family heard Thursday.

“It hurts,” said best friend Alyssa Blight, who was beside her friend in the crash and crawled out of the catastrophic wreck alive.

Her eyes brimming with tears, she looked at the man responsible, who sat at the front of the court.

“Open your eyes,” she told him. “Ashley is gone. She was stolen from us by a man who made a thoughtless and selfish choice … or maybe he just didn’t care.”

Christopher Dubreuil, 27, of Cobourg, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Fogal. The young country music fan was all dressed up and wearing her cowboy boots on her way to a Miranda Lambert concert at Casino Rama, near Orillia, when her vehicle was struck head-on on Aug. 11, 2011.

Dubreuil had between 90 and 129 milligrams of alcohol in his system, along with the sedating drug Lorazepam, which would have intensified the effect of the alcohol. He was driving with his head down, possibly texting while driving, court heard.


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