Anstey pleads guilty to dangerous driving charges

Sentencing submissions to be heard on Aug. 15

Diane Crocker
Published on June 11, 2014
Shane Gregory Anstey is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook in this file photo.

Star file photo

Early one morning almost a year ago, Shane Anstey was driving a vehicle on Griffin Drive in Corner Brook when it crossed the road, struck the side of an embankment and rolled over before coming to rest on its roof.

That accident claimed the life of 20-year-old Kyle Butt. In the days following, Anstey, 24, was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm.

Anstey admitted to those charges in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to them.

The accident occurred at 1:15 a.m., Aug. 19, 2013. Police say Butt was thrown from the vehicle and was alive but unresponsive at the scene. He was later pronounced dead by medical practitioners at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

A female passenger in the vehicle also received non-life threatening injuries.

When Anstey’s matter was called before Judge Kymil Howe, his lawyer, who appeared via phone, said his client was ready to enter guilty pleas to the charges and requested a pre-sentence report.

Anstey will be back in court on Aug. 15 for a sentencing hearing. At that time the facts on the charges will be presented and the Crown and defence will made submissions on sentencing. That hearing is expected to take half a day.