Stratford woman gets jail time for leaving accident scene

Ryan Ross
Published on June 6, 2014

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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A Stratford woman has a persistent bystander to thank for her jail sentence after a witness followed her when she left the scene of an accident she caused.

Cheryl Joyce Young, 49, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Friday where she pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in Stratford in 2012.

Orr sentenced Young to serve 15 days in jail and provide 50 hours of community service.

At around 11 a.m. on May 3, 2012 Young rear-ended another vehicle in Stratford, damaging the front end of her vehicle and smashing its windshield.  

A witness to the accident could see steam coming from Young’s vehicle and told her not to move, which she ignored.

Another witness called 911 and followed Young to a house in Stratford where he saw her and a male passenger get out of the car and go inside.

Young later told the police she had been drinking the night before and took medication that caused blackouts when she drank.

Originally Young was also charged for impaired driving and was set to go to trial but those charges were stayed after she pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

If the case had gone to trial the Crown would have had to call expert witnesses to prove what Young’s blood alcohol level would have been at the time of the accident.

In handing down a sentence, Orr said there are all kinds of situations in which people have accidents, but they have an obligation to provide information and help if needed.

Along with the jail time and community service Young will be on probation for 12 months and she is banned from driving for one year.