Edmonton man accused in toddler’s patio death pleads guilty to charge

EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who killed a toddler when he drove an SUV onto a restaurant patio has pleaded guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample when there is a death.

Richard Suter initially faced charges that included impaired driving causing death and his trial was expected in October.

That time has now been set aside for a sentencing hearing and it’s expected the original charges will be withdrawn.

Suter was behind the wheel of a vehicle that plowed onto the patio at Ric’s Grill in southwest Edmonton in May 2013.

Court heard that as he was parking in front of the restaurant, he accelerated and crashed through plate-glass fencing and onto the patio.

Two-year-old Geo Mounsef was pinned against a concrete wall and died in hospital.

His parents were also injured, but his five-month-old brother who was strapped in a car seat was unharmed.

Suter’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, has previously described Suter, a retired businessman and grandfather, as “a decent man who is grief-stricken himself by what has occurred.”

 

The Canadian Press