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Toronto man found guilty in 2012 fatal crash on Mt. Pleasant

A Toronto man charged in connection with a fatal crash on Mount Pleasant Road in 2012 has been found guilty on all counts.

Oliver Karafa, now 21, was behind the wheel of a Range Rover SUV that slammed into a pole on Mount Pleasant at Sheldrake Boulevard on April 3, 2012, at 2:30 a.m.

The impact of the crash cut the SUV in half. David Chiang, 24, a passenger in the car, died at the scene.

Karafa was charged with impaired driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He was also charged for having over 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood causing death.

Karafa, who has been out on bail since the crash, received scratches. Chiang was ejected from the car after his seat belt broke and suffered a serious head injury.

A judge found Karafa was driving “twice the speed limit” and “four times over the legal limit when he was driving.”

Also, a traffic officer testified that the car would have been driving at around 120 km/h or greater in a 50 km/h zone.

Chiang was a personal fitness trainer at Extreme Fitness gym, where Karafa is a member. According to court testimony, Karafa met a female friend from Extreme Fitness and went drinking at a bar, and were joined by Chiang at another bar.

Karafa remains out on bail, but the Crown will attempt to pull bail pending his sentence. The case returns to court on Monday.