Ahmed Darwish pleads guilty to impaired driving in Kitchener Ahmed Darwish luxury car had nearly reached the point where it couldn go any faster when it slammed into a vehicle carrying a London family, killing a young mother and critically injuring her baby.
Moments before the deadly Nov. 27 crash, Darwish Mercedes Benz was spotted tailgating another vehicle, swerving all over the road and driving on the gravel shoulder on a highway west of Kitchener. The 26 year old had just passed an off duty police officer before case spade rear ending a car with Susana Dumitru, 29, and her two month old son in the back seat. Investigators found alcohol bottles inside the Mercedes. At the police station, Darwish refused 17 times to take a breathalyzer test, fell on the ground and told officers, car didn kill anybody. pleaded guilty Monday at Waterloo best deals on kate spade Region courthouse to impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a breath sample. He was released on bail until his sentencing under strict conditions that included living at his mother Kitchener home, wearing a GPS tracking bracelet on his ankle, adhering to a driving ban and abstaining from alcohol. But Darwish freedom will be short lived. Defence lawyer Hal Mattson says his client is looking at years in prison. certainly looks like the minium he get for something like this is five (years), Mattson said after the hearing. Crown attorney Michael Michaud read an agreed statement of facts to the courtroom, where Dumitru husband and Darwish family quietly watched. Data from his 2015 Mercedes showed it was travelling at 214 km/h when it collided with the Dumitru family car. GUILTY from A1.. vehicle was being pushed to its mechanical limit as the engine specification for this vehicle is limited to approximately 215 km/h by the manufacturer, Michaud said, adding the speed limit on the stretch of road is 90 km/h. The impact sent the Dumitrus vehicle rolling into the ditch, ejecting Susana, who died at the scene. An off duty Waterloo police officer pulled over and approached Darwish car, determining he was the lone occupant. After helping Darwish from the vehicle, the officer noted he was unsteady on his feet, slurred his speech, had dilated pupils and started to slide down the side of his car, the court was told. The officer determined Darwish, who wasn injured, was impaired and arrested him. Dumitru husband, Razvan, 29, who was driving, had a gash to his head that required 20 stitches. His mother, who had been in the front seat, also had minor injuries. Baby George was taken to a Kitchener hospital before being transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with severe head injuries. The boy, now five months old and still in the hospital, spent more than two weeks hooked up to a breathing machine. An OPP officer arrived at the crash scene and arrested Darwish after observing signs of impairment, including the odour of alcohol. Two bottles of alcohol, wine and bourbon, were found in his car, along with a bag of suspected narcotics that was sent for analysis. Darwish refused 17 times to give a suitable breath sample and refused five times to take a drug test, telling officers nine times that he understood the consequences of doing so. car didn kill anybody, he said, when told one of the passengers had died. didn kill anybody. whether he was impaired or intoxicated, Darwish replied, later, when reminded of the passenger death, he said, died? The court also heard Darwish had a 2009 conviction for shop kate spade outlet driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, resulting in kate spade black tote sale a $1,000 fine and a one year driving ban. Dressed in jeans and a navy and grey sweater, Darwish appeared emotional in the prisoner box. When asked whether he understood his bail conditions, Darwish replied, I do. he left the courthouse, tears in his eyes, Darwish declined to speak to a reporter. A sentencing date will be set March 16.
Darwish, who is engaged to be married, worked in the financial industry since graduating from Conestoga College business administration program in 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. Most recently, he worked as a financial adviser at Sun Life Financial in Kitchener. The company issued a statement three days after the crash saying Darwish no longer worked for the company.
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