Tina Adams’ life moving forward
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Addressing media after Jordan Taylor’s eight-month sentencing for dangerous driving and criminal negligence, Tina Adams said though she’d hoped for an 18-month sentence, she’s happy the judge agreed to part of her sentencing recommendations.
Following the eight-month prison sentence this week of Jordan Xavier Taylor for the June, 2015 accident that left a Hudson jogger with severe and extensive injuries, victim Tina Adams said while she feels a weight has finally been lifted off her shoulders, she’s still taking life one day at a time.
“I don’t know what the future really holds for me,” she told The Journal. “I tried to go back to school (in September, 2018) but it didn’t really work out.”
Apart from multiple broken bones and internal injuries, Adams suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident that continues to impair her memory and affects her ability to concentrate. Nerve damage from her physical injuries prevents her from sitting for extended periods. Before the accident, Adams was a second-year student in the Police Technology program at John Abbott College but has since been forced to abandon the program.
“I try not to really think about the future because it gets overwhelming,” she said. “I don’t know what work I’ll do, I don’t know if I can ever have kids so I just try not to think too much about it.”
For now, Adams follows a regimen of physiotherapy and adaptive training. “I have no choice, I have to move my body every day,” she said. “If not, my body becomes stiff and the pain increases.”
Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud followed the joint sentencing recommendation put forth by both Defense Lawyer Philip Schneider and Crown Prosecutor Hélène Langis, citing sentences rendered in similar court cases in Quebec. Taking 40 minutes to deliver his decision on January 29, Judge St-Arnaud explained how he weighed the aggravating factors against the attenuating factors. Though initially pleading not-guilty to 10 charges (for Adams and fellow jogger Alique Langlois Retolla who suffered minor injuries) including dangerous driving and criminal negligence, Taylor pled guilty in June, 2018 to two counts of driving under the influence causing bodily harm. All other charges were stayed.
The accused had a blood alcohol limit of 0.133 at the time of the accident, well in excess of the 0.08 legal limit. St-Arnaud cited the nature of the injuries, the number of victims, and the affect the injuries have had on Adams’ life. Addressing Adams in the courtroom, St-Arnaud commended her for her courage and determination and for helping educate people on the dangers of driving under the influence.
The judge also acknowledged that Taylor had pled guilty, had stopped consuming alcohol and cannabis, was gainfully employed and had expressed remorse for his actions.
Taylor will be eligible for parole after serving one third of his sentence, and would normally have to be released after serving two thirds as per the legal system.
As part of his probation, Taylor will have to take part in 10 public speaking engagements, either with or without Adams, to warn other young adults of the dangers of drinking and driving – this at the request of Adams who proposed the idea at the January 9 pre-sentencing hearing.
“It’s a short sentence but I’m happy the judge did take into consideration the speaking engagements so I kind of had a say in his sentencing. Not everyone has that opportunity.
“I'm happy for that,” Adams said, “but it's never really going to be over for me.”