Impaired driver responsible for the death of Matthew Taylor given two years in prison

The man responsible for the death of one of Hay River’s brightest young athletes has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Nineteen-year-old Darith Rin pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 4, 2012 to impaired driving causing the death of 18-year-old Matthew Taylor.

Taylor was one of two passengers in the vehicle that Rin was operating while drunk in the early hours of Sept. 7, 2010.

He passed away due to his injuries on Sept. 8 at 8 a.m., surrounded by loved ones.

Taylor had moved to Red Deer to attend College, and was scheduled to start classes that day.

Taylor’s parents, Jill and Mark travelled down to Red Deer for the sentencing.

“We are relieved this part of the journey is behind us,” said Jill Taylor.

“There were no winners in the court room that day, only sadness and grief for both families. Both Darith’s family and ours have been changed forever.”

While in Alberta, the Taylor family made efforts to thank those who responded to the accident for their efforts.

“While in Red Deer we wanted to ensure the first responders knew how grateful we were for their efforts to try and save our son,” she said.

“Their efforts gave us 24 hours with Matt so we could tell him over and over again, how much he was loved and how proud we were of him. We left nothing unsaid, and we count that as a small blessing.”