Det. Cst. Sally Takacs of the Halton Regional Police Forensics Unit looks at the damaged car following a fatal crash in Acton back in 2010. Mississaugan Todd McGowan was convicted of 14 charges in connection with the crash and sentenced to seven years.

Det. Cst. Sally Takacs of the Halton Regional Police Forensics Unit looks at the damaged car following a fatal crash in Acton back in 2010. Mississaugan Todd McGowan was convicted of 14 charges in connection with the crash and sentenced to seven years.

A Mississauga man was sentenced Monday to seven years in jail for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed one man and left four others injured in Acton.

Justice Giselle Miller convicted 21-year-old Todd McGowan of 14 charges in relation to the single-vehicle crash on April 3, 2010.

He was found guilty of impaired driving causing death, four counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, fail to remain causing death and three counts of fail to remain causing bodily harm.

The crash occurred at about 2:50 a.m. A Hyundai Sonata driven by McGowan was travelling westbound on Queen St. when it failed to navigate an S-bend at Young St., left the road and struck a tree.

Jeffrey Sandles, 22, of Campbellville, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 18-year-old Erin woman was airlifted to hospital in critical condition while two 20-year-old Georgetown women and a 20-year-old Mississauga man suffered less serious injuries.

Police said the driver and one of the passengers fled the scene of the crash.

McGowan was found five hours after the crash on a street in downtown Acton. Police said he was attempting to hail a cab when arrested. He had sustained several injuries and was treated at Georgetown Hospital.

"This was a very complex case and four investigators from the Collision Reconstruction Unit worked full time on it," said Halton Sgt. Paul Davies in a release this morning. "A team effort by biologists from the Centre of Forensic Sciences and an independent expert in Occupant Kinematics from London, Ontario was able to establish through DNA and physics that McGowan was behind the wheel at the time of impact."

McGowan was also ordered to submit a DNA sample to the RCMP National DNA Data Bank where it will be kept on file indefinitely. He is also prohibited from driving for 10 years.

"The community, the police and the justice system in Halton Region have spoke loud and clear. This case has underscored the fact that drinking and driving offences in Halton Region will not be tolerated and will be vigorously prosecuted," Davies said.