Fatal Crash Sentencing Delayed

The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice in Chatham, seen on March 18, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Sentencing of a London area man found guilty in a fatal crash on Hwy. 401 in Chatham-Kent in 2014 is being delayed until April 18.

Leszek Urbaniak, now 60 years old, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving after the truck driver was charged with two counts of careless driving causing death.

Marc Lafontaine and his 13-year-old niece, Alyssa Smulders, both from Windsor, died in the crash on May 10, 2014 when Urbaniak’s truck slammed into their vehicle near Mull Rd. on the highway in Chatham-Kent. Lafontaine was 35 years old.

Police say the semi-truck crossed from the westbound lanes of Hwy. 401 to the eastbound lanes where it smashed into Lafontaine’s vehicle head-on.

The judge is delaying her decision to fully consider all the information in the case and come to a “balanced” decision.

The decision to delay sentencing came after Alyssa’s mother and father gave heart breaking victim impact statements on Friday, focusing on their love for their daughter and her uncle — the mother’s brother.

Lafontaine and his niece had been heading to Greenview Aviaries near Rondeau Park to enjoy their Saturday when the crash happened.

Urbaniak heard the victim impact statements through a Polish interpreter and had an apology letter he wrote for the victims’ family read by his lawyer.

The courtroom has yet to be finalized, but the session is scheduled to begin at 10am on April 18.