A young woman convicted of impaired driving causing death in a 2012 crash that killed two people has been granted full parole.
Amie Nottebrock was at the wheel when she ran a red light at Shaganappi Trail and Country Hills Boulevard in January 2012. Her vehicle hit another car, killing her passenger, Danielle Russell.
Arsh Brar, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, also died from his injuries.
“The blood alcohol at the time of the crash was…three times the legal limit, and she went through a red light at approximately 140 kilometres per hour,” explained Crown prosecutor Jonathan Hak at the time of her conviction. “The conduct she exhibited that night was just mind numbingly criminal.”
Nottebrock, 29, had been serving a four-year-and-six-month sentence for two counts of causing death by criminal negligence and two counts of impaired driving causing death, according to Parole Board of Canada documents. The sentence began in November 2014.
The first-time offender was granted full parole with special conditions Tuesday. The conditions are related to drinking, driving and contact with the victims’ families. She must not consume or possess alcohol, not “enter establishments where the primary source of income is derived from the sale or consumption of alcohol”, not operate a vehicle and have no contact with the victims’ families.
She has been banned from driving for five years.
The parole board documents acknowledge the severity of her crime, but suggest mitigating factors were her “level of remorse, relatively young age and acceptance of responsibility.” The board assessed her at a low risk to reoffend, noting she was described as a “model inmate.”
Nottebrock abided by her conditions during the three years she spent on bail prior to and during the trial. She attended improvement programs, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and behaved well on community-escorted absences, the board said.
The parole documents say her plan upon release is to live with her fiancé and son, and that she is “committed to never drinking again.”
The board concluded Nottebrock does not currently present an undue risk to society.
With files from Nancy Hixt and Tamara Elliott