The Lake Country senior who fatally hit a teenage girl with his truck one night in 2010 was overcome with emotion Wednesday when offered a chance to speak at his sentencing.
George Kozub, 82, broke down in tears as he told all who convened for his final court date that he was sorry for his part in the tragedy killed teenager Josie Evans.
Moments later, a provincial court judge ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and banned him from nighttime driving.
“No sentence I offer Mr. Kosub will bring (your) daughter back,” the judge said to Josie Evans’ mother, Linda, who was in attendance for sentencing.
“(Mr. Kozub) has expressed remorse and it’s evident to me that this has had a significant impact on him, and his his family… this does not mirror the loss you’ve experienced.”
She hoped, however, that the end of the legal process would bring some degree of closure to the family.
Although many in the courtroom were brought to tears throughout the brief event, it offered little consolation to Evans’ family, who lost Josie in January 2010.
The 15-year-old was walking home from jazz band practice, down the shoulder of Bottom Wood Lake Road, when she was struck. She was walking with traffic, wearing dark clothing and it was raining and dark at the time of the crash.
She died at the scene.
Little more is known, said Linda Evans, noting that she’s been trying to separate fact from rumour and innuendo in the years since her daughter was killed.
Regarding Wednesday’s court proceedings in particular, however, she said she wished the courts would have allowed her the opportunity to read her victim impact statement and that Kozub would have spoken to her directly.
“He has never summoned the courage to face me and apologize,” said Evans. “I’m the one who’s daughter-less. I sat behind his daughter in the court today.”
Lessening the impact of her loss, however, is the fact that the community of Lake Country has rallied around her family in the years that have passed. That has included reducing the speed limit in the area that Josie was hit, and adding other traffic calming measures to the area.
Kozub pleaded guilty to the Motor Vehicle Act infraction of not exercising due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.