Drink drive victim's mother calls for long jail sentence
- 5 January 2014
- From the section Tayside and Central Scotland
The mother of a Scottish woman who was run over by a drunk driver in Canada has called for her killer to be jailed for at least 25 years.
Dundee-born Charlene Reaveley and a female friend died after being struck by Cory Sater's vehicle in British Columbia on 19 February 2011.
On Friday, a Canadian judge found him guilty of six charges - including dangerous driving causing death.
Sater is due to be sentenced on 31 March.
He had downed six double rye whisky and cokes and two Jaegerbomb shots in a bar on the night of the crash before getting behind the wheel.
Shortly before the fatal incident, Mrs Reaveley's friend Lorraine Cruz had been driving her Nissan Pathfinder with her boyfriend when it crashed on a rural road in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The two got out of the car, while Mrs Reaveley, her husband Dan and two friends stopped to help.
As the group stood outside the Nissan, a white Jeep Cherokee ran down both women.
Mrs Reaveley and Miss Cruz were killed instantly, while Miss Cruz's boyfriend Paulo Calimbahin was seriously injured.
Mrs Reaveley - who was 30 when she was killed - is survived by children Kaedan, 13, Rebecca, nine, Alicia, seven and Tristan, four, as well as her husband.
Her mother, Mary Ogilvie, said: "Kaedan remembers his mother and Rebecca does too but the other ones don't - I'm there to remind them what their mum was like.
"I just talk about her - I tell them how much they look like her, how great she was and everything like that.
"It brought up all the emotions. Every day is the same thing - you don't want to be in my shoes.
"We'll have to wait and see about the sentence. We have to do a victim's statement then the judge will decide on the sentence.
"We are looking for 25 years or more."
She added: "Hopefully it's a good sentence that he gets, because a slap on the hand for somebody like that would be a slap in the face for me.
"He killed two people. He killed my daughter, Charlene. Charlene was just beautiful. She has four children. She was a lovely mum. She was a wonderful daughter."
Charlene's husband, Dan, added: "I'm glad there's a little bit of accountability.
"It's nice that it's almost over. You can go forward instead of getting dragged back into it."
Giving his verdict on Friday, Mr Justice James Williams said Sater had been "oblivious" to the road ahead after getting behind the wheel while drunk.
He found Sater guilty of two charges of dangerous driving causing death and one of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Sater, 40, was further convicted of two charges of impaired driving causing death and one of impaired driving causing bodily harm.