Detective Constable Sally Takacs of the Halton police forensics unit peers inside the damaged car in Acton April 3 , 2010.

Detective Constable Sally Takacs of the Halton police forensics unit peers inside the damaged car in Acton April 3 , 2010.

MILTON A Mississauga man convicted of impaired driving causing death following a violent, fatal crash nearly two years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison for impaired and dangerous driving.

Todd McGowan, 23, was sentenced in Milton Superior Court Monday.

McGowan was convicted at the end of a three-week jury trial in December on charges of impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, four counts of impaired causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Jeff Sandles, 23 of Campbellville, died when the car in which he was a passenger veered off Queen Street in Acton April 3, 2010, and slammed into a tree.

Four other passengers in the car suffered serious life-threatening injuries.

McGowan and another passenger ran from the scene on foot but was arrested by Halton police five hours after the crash.

Justice Gisele Miller gave McGowan two years credit for time served since his arrest.

He will still have five years to serve plus a 10-year driving prohibition. He was ordered to submit a DNA sample to the RCMP National DNA Data Bank where it will be kept on file indefinitely.

Court was told the collision occurred about 2:50 a.m. April 3 when the car McGowan was driving westbound on Queen Street went out of control in an S-bend at Young Street and left the road, striking a tree.

Sandles, who was in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 18-year-old Erin woman was airlifted to a Toronto-area hospital in critical condition and two 20-year-old Georgetown women and a 20-year-old Mississauga man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the driver and the passenger from Mississauga fled the scene of the accident.

The driver was found a few hours after the crash on a street in downtown Acton. He had sustained several non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at Georgetown Hospital.

With files from The Independent/Free Press.

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