Christy Natsis - timeline of events
Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis leaves the Elgin Street courthouse through a side door on Friday, May, 29, 2015, with defence lawyer Solomon Friedman. Natsis was convicted of impaired and dangerous driving, both causing death, in the March 2011 crash that killed Bryan Casey.
March 31, 2011: Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis drinks two glasses of Chardonnay at Kanata's Crazy Horse bar with a male friend. They share two pounds of wings and leave. Witnesses say Natsis is unsteady on her feet and backs into a car in the parking lot before driving away in her SUV.
On Hwy. 17 en route to Pembroke, other drivers see her Ford Expedition swerving all over the road. She drives into oncoming traffic and strikes 50-year-old Bryan Casey's eastbound truck head-on, leaving him mortally wounded. Natsis escapes injury but is arrested and blows 2-1/2 times the legal limit.
Nov. 13, 2012: Natsis, charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the limit causing death, begins what will be a massively-long trial.
March 18, 2013: Citing an "egregious" Charter violation, Judge Neil Kozloff throws out breathalyser readings showing that Natsis's blood-alcohol levels were at about 200 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood three hours after the crash. The legal limit is 80 mg. Kozloff says OPP Const. Ryan Besner delivered a "death blow" to Natsis's right to counsel when he cut short a conversation with her lawyer. It's also fatal to the charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level over the limit causing death.
May 29, 2015: After 55 days of court time, Kozloff finds Natsis guilty of the remaining counts: Impaired and dangerous driving, both causing death. Despite hours and days of relentless cross-examination by Natsis's defence team that exposed OPP bungling, Kozloff finds there's enough physical evidence and testimony from reliable witness to remove any doubt of her guilt.
June 10, 2015: Natsis will return to court to set a date for sentencing, which may take place in Pembroke.