26-year-old woman gets house arrest for Markham, Ont. hit-and-run that left father of 3 dead

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A 26-year-old woman who fled the scene of a Markham, Ont. crash that left a 54-year-old father of three dead last year has been sentenced to house arrest. On Thursday during a hearing held over Zoom, Justice Edward Prutschi sentenced Alexandra Forrestall to a 12-month conditional sentence, two years probation, 100 hours of community service and a three-year driving ban. In his decision, Prutschi called the circumstances of this case “a colossal tragedy” and noted that the sentence will “likely attract criticism from all quarters.” “It will undoubtedly be viewed as too lenient for those who are, entirely understandably, still shattered, broken and angry from the loss of their beloved father, husband, sibling, family member, colleague and friend,” he said. “It may be viewed as unnecessarily strict or lengthy for those who believe that Ms. Forrestall has already learned enough painful lessons through this court process. While it may not satisfy the interests of a particular party, my focus has been on ensuring it satisfies the interests of justice.”

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