‘We have to go visit our baby at the cemetery’: family speaks after impaired driver pleads guilty

Raelene Adam, right, with Bear's father, Vince Bear, and his younger brother, Hayden. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Gordon Crain has pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death, nearly three years after killing an 11-year-old boy on Muskoday First Nation.

Crain struck Jared Bear on June 26, 2014, while the boy was biking with two friends along Highway 3. Bear, just 19 days shy of his 12th birthday, later died in a Prince Albert hospital.

The crown adjourned five other charges on Monday, including criminal negligence causing death. Crain’s defence lawyer, Mary McAuley, said she expects they will be withdrawn after sentencing on June 16.

Bear’s mother, Raelene Adam, said she was waiting for Crain to “own up to what he’s done.”

“It’s been very hard on us and it continues to be like that every day,” she said, after hearing the plea at Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench. “This is the first time that he’s actually saying that he’s guilty.”

Crain could face a maximum penalty of life in prison. Typically, though, sentences for impaired driving causing death do not exceed ten years, and jail terms of two years or less are not unheard of.

Adam said she wants to see Crain go to the penitentiary.

“I want him to do time,” She said. “We don’t get any time with Jared. We have to go visit our baby at the cemetery.”

She said she wants people to remember her boy for his warmth and vivacity.

“Jared was awesome,” she said. “He had this magnetic personality. He could make friends with anybody. He used to hug me and give me a kiss – he didn’t care if his friends were there.”