Mothers embrace as son sentenced for daughter's death

Left, Renata Malkowski hugs Susan Fisher-Harding, whose daughter, Sarah, 13, (R) was killed by...

Left, Renata Malkowski hugs Susan Fisher-Harding, whose daughter, Sarah, 13, (R) was killed by Malkowski`s son Michael. (QMI Agencyé Tracy McLaughlin, handout))

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

ORANGEVILLE, Ont. -- Two grief-stricken mothers fell into each other’s arms and wept outside of court Thursday — one begging for forgiveness, while the other forgave the one whose son killed her daughter.

The poignant scene happened moments after Michael Malkowski, 23, of Mississauga, was sentenced to nine months in jail for dangerous driving causing the death of 13-year-old Sarah Harding, of Caledon.

Malkowski, an honours student with no criminal record, drove at 152 km/h in a 50-km zone and struck and killed Sarah as she walked along Airport Rd. in Caledon East Village around 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day 2012.

In addition to the jail term, he received 24 months probation with a driving prohibition for 18 months, and will lose his apprenticeship job as a truck and coach technician.


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