Winnipeg judge urged to jail distracted driver

A Winnipeg man faces a year in prison for triggering this collision that injured two people in June...

A Winnipeg man faces a year in prison for triggering this collision that injured two people in June 2012. (FILE PHOTO)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- A Winnipeg man found guilty of using his cellphone while driving, triggering a collision that injured two people, should go to jail for one year, a judge was told Tuesday.

Mahmud Ali, 48, was convicted earlier this year of two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

"Mr. Ali chose to make a call from his cellphone," said Crown attorney Rene Lagimodiere. "This was not a momentary lapse of attention ... The consequences of his actions were severe."

The maximum sentence for dangerous driving causing bodily harm is 10 years in prison. Lagimodiere urged Judge Janice LeMaistre to prohibit Ali from driving for three years.

Court heard that Ali was on his cellphone the afternoon of June 5, 2012, when he blew a red light and collided with another vehicle.

Douglas Litwin, then 46, and nephew Shaun McDonald, then 18, were just stepping into the intersection when Ali's careening van hit them.

Ali will be sentenced at a later date.


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