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Man pleads guilty to drunk-driving collision that killed teenager

CALGARY — A Calgary man has pleaded guilty in a drunk-driving collision that killed a teen west of the city just over a year ago.

Ryan Gibson, who is 23, was facing a preliminary hearing, but instead admitted to impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Brandon Thomas was 17 when the car he was driving was struck head-on by a pickup truck south of Cochrane, on Dec. 6, 2012.

Police say the teen was trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene.

Gibson is to be sentenced April 16.

The victim’s family and friends were in court for the guilty plea and wore hoodies that bore messages not to drink and drive.

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