The man who killed a Prince George woman while driving drunk on company time will know today how much time in jail he will have to serve, if any.
Former BC Hydro supervisor Dennis Edwin Hicks, 37, pleaded guilty Monday to impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.
Crown counsel asked that Hicks be jailed for between three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half years. Hicks’s defence, however, is pushing for a conditional sentence. That would mean he still gets a criminal record, but could serve his time in the community.
Hicks and three other Hydro employees were travelling back to Prince George from Hudson’s Hope on May 2, 2002 when their company truck slammed into Edith Carter’s truck. The 57-year-old woman was killed. Her husband and one BC Hydro employee were injured in the accident.
The four employees had been drinking since about 5 p.m., including four stops along the way to the 10 p.m. crash scene on Chief Lake Rd.
A police investigation said Hicks, who was driving, was travelling in excess of 110 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.
A blood test also found Hicks’s blood alcohol level was between .198 and .231 at the time of the accident. The legal limit in B.C. is .08.
Hicks and the other three employees were fired following an internal BC Hydro investigation into the incident. The other three have filed appeals of their dismissals. Hicks is in court today (Thursday) for sentencing.