Sleepy driver in fatal crash fined $500

The London Free Press.

A London woman with a sleep disorder was fined $500 for a crash that killed a woman more than two years ago.

Maxine McCaulay, 53, had been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Mary McNamara and dangerous driving causing bodily harm for injuries suffered by driver Marlene Klein.

Those charges were withdrawn and McCaulay pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Assistant Crown attorney Peter Rollings told Superior Court Justice David Little that McCaulay was driving on Wonderland Rd. in London on Feb. 16, 2008, and had turned left onto Commissioners Rd, when another driver saw her weaving from lane to lane.

The witness was calling 911 when he saw McCaulay’s car move into the west lane and collide head-on with another car.

Both McNamara and Klein suffered major injuries, while McCaulay had cuts to the back of her hand and a broken blood vessel in her eye.

At the time, McCaulay said she did not know why her car drove into the other lane and didn’t have any known health conditions.

There was no evidence of alcohol consumption.

McNamara died in hospital several months later, on May 2, 2008.

McCaulay’s defence lawyer, Patrick Ducharme, submitted medical records and had expert opinion that McCaulay suffers from a sleep disorder.

She’s now under treatment.

She is a mother and has a 24-year career in children’s welfare services.

She is a director with the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society.

The sentence was a joint submission from the Crown and the defence.

By Jane Sims