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I’m sorry, says driver in fatal crash

Apr 13 2012

The 18-year-old driver of the car that crashed in Sooke, in which 15-year-old passenger Nic Twiddy died, wrote a rambling apology on his Facebook page, taking responsibility for the incident.

“I’m sorry for everything it was an accident.

I never meant for him to die. I would give anything to have him back and to be honest … I wish it was me that was dead and not Nic,” wrote David Chiasson, who goes by the name David Wright on Facebook. “I’m going to be living with this for a long time.”

Chiasson described the crash occurred, at about 10:15 a.m. Monday in the 7300-block of West Coast Road.

“I pulled into the other lane and sped up to pass a vehicle. I pulled back into my lane and started slowing down. I hit a patch of gravel and … the car started fish tailing the back end on the drivers side hit a hydro pole and that’s where Nic happened to be sitting,” he wrote.

Chiasson said he and the passenger in the front seat, Steve Livingstone, 18, tried to pull Maria Forbes, 15, and Nic out of the back seat, but people were pushing them out of the way.

The four were in a blue Chevrolet Cavalier allegedly stolen from a home on Church Road early that morning.

Forbes remains in the intensive care unit at Victoria General Hospital.

Chiasson’s Facebook post was flooded with comments, both from friends expressing support and friends of Nic who lashed out in anger.

In another post, Chiasson wrote that no one understands what he’s going through.

“You people may have lost Nic, but I did too. You guys didn’t go through watching him die. You guys weren’t trying to get him out. I had to see the blood.

I had to hear it all I was screaming his f---ing name while people were f---ing pushing me away. I screamed when I was told he was f---ing dead you people will never understand what I am going through.”

Chiasson wrote that this was a “wake up call” for him and that he has “nowhere to go” because “everyone wants me dead now.”

Chiasson moved to Sooke from Calgary in the last few months.

Chiasson also issued a tearful apology in a television interview with CHEK News. When asked if he wanted to comment, Chiasson referred the Times Colonist to his defence lawyer, Alexander Tait. Tait did not return calls for comment.

Sooke RCMP confirmed they are investigating the Facebook posts to determine whether they were written by the driver of the vehicle. Staff Sgt. Steve Wright said if the person who posted it has information only the driver could have, that could be used as evidence in the criminal investigation.

Charges have not yet been laid but Sooke RCMP are recommending charges of possession of stolen property and are considering charges of criminal negligence or dangerous driving causing death.

The driver was released on a promise to appear in Western Communities court July 5 with strict conditions not to have contact with the two passengers or to drive without written consent from the vehicle owner.

Chiasson has at least two Facebook profiles under the name David Wright, using the same photos. Those who knew him in Sooke knew him by the name David Wright.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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