A New Brunswick man who drove the car he was driving into a group of
motorcycles who were on their way to a wedding, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention or insurance on Monday.
Matthew Francis, 27, was fined a total of $2,404.50 and had his licence suspended for four months after he
hit the motorcyclists when he swerved into their lane while trying to calm a child in his car.
The victims were all members of the Fredericton based Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Unit, three of which were sent to hospital with serious injuries (including the groom), one had to have a foot amputated.
The judge said that Francis was very fortunate not to have hit someone’s pet or done some damage to city property as that would have been a much more serious offence and may have warranted something draconian, like a year’s suspension or even – god forbid – jail time … ah, no he didn’t, we made that bit up.