Man who crashed into patio, killing child, says he was distracted by wife’s news

An Edmonton man who crashed his SUV into a restaurant patio, killing a two-year-old boy, says his wife had told him she wanted a divorce when he mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake.

EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who crashed his SUV into a restaurant patio, killing a two-year-old boy, says his wife had told him she wanted a divorce when he mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake.

Richard Suter says his wife had surprised him and he was focused on her instead of parking.

The 65-year-old testified at his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample when there is a death.

Geo Mounsef was having dinner with his parents and baby brother in May 2013, when the SUV crashed through a glass partition and he was trapped underneath.

Police originally charged Suter with impaired driving causing death, as witnesses said he smelled of alcohol, was stumbling and slurring his words.

Court heard other witnesses believed he was sober.

Suter said he had three drinks over four hours before the crash, but wasn’t drunk.

He also said he has had mobility problems since his car was hit by a drunk driver nearly 40 years ago.