With files from Niamh Anderson
The man who was drunk behind the wheel of an SUV that struck and killed two women in Coquitlam five years ago has decided he no longer wishes to appeal his conviction or sentence.
Cory Sater was under a previous court order not to consume alcohol, when he drank six double rye and cokes, and two shots at a bar before getting behind the wheel.
He struck and killed Charlene Reavely and Lorraine Cruz on Lougheed Highway and Pitt River Road.
Reavely had stopped to help Cruz and her boyfriend who had car trouble.
Dan Reaveley, the husband of Charlene Reavley, says he felt an overwhelming sense of relief after hearing that his wife’s killer has dropped his appeal proceedings.
He says he is grateful for the decision and feels Sater’s sentence is fair.
“It felt good that he’s accepting responsibility for his actions. I don’t really think you do get closure to anything like that but it’s just quite relieving to know that he’s finally accepting responsibility.”
The evidence at trial was overwhelming, but Sater filed to appeal both the conviction and the seven-and-a-half year sentence.
His lawyer Rishi Gill says he’s dropped both appeals, and does not disagree with his sentence.