Calgary father who killed his daughter while driving drunk gets 5.5-year sentence

A father who killed his daughter and badly injured her best friend while rolling his Jeep while driving drunk in northeast Calgary in 2016 has been handed a 5.5-year sentence plus an eight-year driving prohibition.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik handed down the sentence for Michael Shaun Bomford on Wednesday afternoon.

More to come. Background on the story can be found below.

Bomford had earlier been found found guilty of drunk driving causing death and bodily harm, as well as dangerous driving causing death and bodily .

His daughter, Meghan Bomford, 17, died after she was thrown from his Jeep on McKnight Boulevard N.E. in Calgary on Oct. 18, 2016.  

Bomford was driving west between 68th Street and 52nd Street N.E. when he lost control, fishtailing and then rolling, throwing himself, his daughter and her friend from the SUV

At the time of the crash, his blood-alcohol was three times the legal limit and he was riving more than 30 km/h over the speed limit.

Kelsey Nelson, Meghan’s best friend, suffered a brain injury after she was thrown from the vehicle. Nelson attended much of the trial but did not testify as she has no memory of the crash.

Since the crash, Nelson has undergone three brain surgeries. She broke her neck, back and facial bones, ruptured her eardrums, punctured a lung and spent 63 days in hospital. Now she has a permanent brain injury, impacting her cognitive skills, problem-solving, memory and language. She’s missing an inch of her skull.

At trial, defence lawyer James Wyman had argued there wasn’t enough evidence to prove it was his client behind the wheel while prosecutors Scott Wilson and Trevor Fik presented text messages between Meghan and her mother during the drive that suggested Bomford was driving. 

On the day Meghan was killed, Bomford had picked up Meghan and Nelson so the girls could get to the police station to get criminal background checks they needed to become junior ringette coaches.

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