A long-running, high-profile case that saw a motorcycle instructor killed after a hit-and-run has finally been settled.
In July of 2018, Scott Robertson (seen in the title photo, courtesy CBC) was killed in a collision while riding his motorcycle to work in Saint John, New Brunswick, in the early morning. In the days following the crash, the town’s motorcycling community was upset that no charges were laid in the hit-and-run crash. Robertson was one of Canada’s longest-serving riding instructors, and many local motorcyclists had done their initial training under his tutelage.
The reason for the delayed charges eventually came out: there was confusion over who was driving the car that Robertson collided with. The newspaper delivery vehicle had been driven by John Ford, but he’d left the scene of the crime and returned with Anne-Marie Savoy, who told police she’d been driving.
Eventually, police got things figured out and Ford confessed to his role in the crash. While some details of the incident remain a mystery, Ford pleaded guilty to misleading police and leaving the scene of the crash.
As a result, CBC says Ford has received a 31-month sentence (28 months for leaving the scene, three months for misleading police). The sentences will run consecutively, and he’ll get credit for time served. He also must submit a DNA sample, and will have a five-year driving prohibition after his release. CBC says the judge viewed Ford’s lengthy criminal record as an aggravating factor in the sentencing, and his guilty plea and remorse as a mitigating factor.