Smithers Man Receives Two-Year Jail Sentence for Fatal Rollover Crash

John Crawford

A Smithers man -- who was behind the wheel during a rollover crash that killed a 20-year-old Prince George man a year ago -- has been sentenced to two-years-plus-a-day in jail for impaired driving causing death.

Twenty-three-year-old Ashton Michael Lewis was also given concurrent terms of six months in jail for fleeing the scene of an accident and driving while prohibited

In addition, he's been given a six-year driving prohibition.


Court heard that on June 9, 2018, Lewis failed to negotiate a sharp turn from Railway Avenue onto Pacific Avenue and rolled his vehicle into the ditch.

He and one of his passengers were slightly injured, but 20-year-old Taylor Blomquist, who was not wearing a seat-belt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Lewis fled the scene on foot, but was later arrested by Smithers RCMP with the help of a police dog. 

During court proceedings, Lewis apologized to Blomquist's family for their son's death.

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