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Haunted by fatal crash

The Coquitlam man being sentenced this week for killing two women in a drunken hit-and-run said he will be haunted by the tragedy for the rest of his life.

Cory Sater spoke to reporters Monday outside New Westminster Supreme Court, shortly after his victims’ families and friends delivered emotional impact statements about how the February 2011 crash has transformed them.

“I’ll live this every day,” Sater said. “Rest assured I will be haunted for it. But at the same time, there’s got to be a positive way to come out of this and become a better person.”

Sater was convicted in January on six charges, including two counts each of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He had previously pleaded guilty to failing to remain at the scene.

Justice James Williams found the driver had consumed six double rye-and-cokes and two shots of Jagermeister the night he plowed his car into Lorraine Cruz, 26, and Charlene Reaveley, 30, on the Lougheed Highway.

Reaveley’s mother Mary Ogilvie broke down in tears describing the magnitude of her loss Monday in court.

“I now live with a hole in my heart that cannot be filled,” Ogilvie said. “I will never have a day where I’m not in extreme pain.”

“Everything that was near and dear to me was taken away that night.”

Cruz’s mother Marlie Bennett told the court she sees her daughter’s face every time she closes her eyes.

“I feel as though I had died as well,” Bennett said.

Crown described the seriousness of Sater’s crimes as second only to murder, and asked for a sentence of up to nine years in prison. The defence is requesting three-and-a-half years.

Sater was on probation for assault at the time of the crash, and wasn’t supposed to be drinking alcohol. His driver’s licence had also been revoked due to his poor driving record.

Before they were struck, Cruz had been involved in a minor accident and Reaveley had stepped out of another vehicle to help.

They were standing next to a parked truck facing against traffic on the shoulder of the highway when Sater hit them, sending them flying more than 20 metres.

Both died at the scene.

Sater’s sentencing is expected to be handed down Thursday morning.

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