Published On Wed Oct 28 2009
After more than three years, a Mississauga couple still feels the physical and emotional scars of the night their lives were shattered.
But Mark and Allison Radman said they felt they had received justice Tuesday when the man responsible for changing their lives was convicted in Brampton court.
On June 3, 2006, the Radmans were critically injured when their Pontiac Sunfire was hit by a Porsche which had gone out of control while racing a Mercedes. The Porsche’s driver, Peter Kippax, 31, was killed. Alan Kippax, 41, his cousin and driver of the Mercedes, was charged.
On Tuesday, Madam Justice Deena Baltman found that even though Alan Kippax did not hit the Sunfire with his Mercedes, his "brazen" driving manoeuvres made him criminally responsible for the fatal crash.
The judge convicted Kippax of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 28.
Allison Radman, 36, had difficulty controlling her emotions when Baltman started reading her decision.
"It was a very emotional day for us," Mark, 34, said later. "Our lives have been shattered … It’s been very tough for us …"
The Radmans spent nearly three months in hospital and at a rehab centre.
Allison taught special education at Christ the King, a Catholic elementary school in Mississauga, but 30 hours after the crash she suffered a stroke that left her with permanent speech impairment and partial paralysis on the right side of her body.
She also suffered spinal damage and a broken leg and arm.
She continues to undergo speech and physical therapy, Mark said.
Mark was pulled from the wreckage with several broken bones, a crushed foot, chest injuries and blood clots in his lungs.
Unlike his wife, he doesn’t have any memory of the Porsche crashing into their car at Mavis Rd. and Eglinton Ave. at about 10:30 p.m. The couple were on their way to a late movie.
Despite their injuries, they kept their wedding date of July 7, 2007 and had a baby boy, Luka, who was born in July 2008.
"We made it one of our goals to keep that date," Mark said of his wedding. "Being 7-7-7 it’s supposed to be the luckiest day of the year. We needed some luck."
Also Tuesday, Alan Kippax was unexpectedly arrested in the courtroom for failing to appear in May for a court appearance on another driving-related crash in Simcoe.
With the conviction, the judge held him criminally responsible for the deadly driving of his cousin that tragic night. "They each drove dangerous and they each contributed to the destruction that followed," Baltman said. "If Peter were alive, two men would be on trial."
She said Alan Kippax’s "aggressive manoeuvres" placed "lawful drivers on the road at risk."Peter Kippax once ran a British-based pyramid scheme under the name of the Treasure Traders Company, which was shut down by British authorities in 2005.
Alan Kippax also used to run a network marketing company called Ontario Treasure Traders International that involved the selling of emeralds. He is currently involved in a company called UltraLife Club, a network marketing vacation company whose clients pay a $3,200 membership fee.
Peter was driving a Porsche 911 he had picked up earlier that day. The car previously sustained damage in an earlier collision and was sold as "salvaged" and rebuilt with stolen parts. He had received his Ontario driver’s licence the day before.
The Mercedes travelling north made it through the intersection but the Porsche lost control, crossed the road and slammed into the southbound Sunfire.
Crown prosecutor Sean Doyle argued the cousins were engaged in a dangerous joint activity. Defence lawyer Barry Fox said his client couldn’t predict what his cousin would do and that their driving wasn’t linked.