It’ll be five years in the penitentiary for Joseph Edward Fitzgerald. According to the North Bay Nugget, the Huntsville man was sentenced on Friday (August 3) to five years in jail after pleading guilty in April to criminal negligence causing death and failure to comply with a probation order in the death of 36-year-old Travis Douglas Wright. Wright was heading back to McNab-Braeside on November 28 from college in North Bay where he was training to become a paramedic, when Fitzgerald ran a red light and hit him. Court was told that Fitzgerald never attempted to brake or swerve to avoid the collision, and the force of the impact pushed Wrights vehicle, packed with Christmas gifts for his wife and children, more than six metres. Wright was a military veteran who served in Afghanistan and left behind a wife, two children, parents and countless friends and colleagues.
Once released from prison, Fitzgerald will face a 10 year driving ban and will be required to provide a DNA sample.