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CanadaEx-military man guilty in meth-driving crash that killed 'kind, caring' Stittsville teen

01:35  12 may  2019
01:35  12 may  2019 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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Craig Malcolm Duncan, just 17, was, by all accounts, one of the kindest souls around, and on the night of Jan. 20, 2017, he was driving home with his girlfriend when an ex - military man high on meth was driving in the wrong lane and hit them head-on.

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Ex-military man guilty in meth-driving crash that killed 'kind, caring' Stittsville teen © ., . Nathan Foster-Hunt

Craig Malcolm Duncan, just 17, was, by all accounts, one of the kindest souls around, and on the night of Jan. 20, 2017, he was driving home with his girlfriend when an ex-military man high on meth was driving in the wrong lane and hit them head-on.

Duncan’s final act in life was to swerve, and in doing so he took the brunt of the violent crash and saved his girlfriend. She was in the passenger’s seat and survived the deadly crash with scars — physical and emotional — and a broken ankle.

On Friday, Duncan’s family, from parents to grandparents, sat in Ottawa courtroom No. 2 and listened as Ontario Court Justice Vincent Clifford ruled that Nathan Foster-Hunt, 33, was guilty of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, and drug-impaired driving causing death. Some of Duncan’s family cried while Foster-Hunt sat statue-still and showed no emotion.

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Ex-military man guilty in meth-driving crash that killed 'kind, caring' Stittsville teen © ., . Craig Duncan with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Loftus. Duncan died in a January 2017 collision. Loftus survived, but was left with emotional and physical scars.

The judge said that Foster-Hunt, who now does pest control, showed a blatant disregard for public safety by ingesting potentially lethal amounts of meth before getting behind the wheel of his cargo van.

Craig Duncan with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Loftus. Duncan died in a January 2017 collision. Loftus survived, but was left with physical and emotional scars.

Foster-Hunt was eastbound. Duncan was westbound on Fallowfield Road in Barrhaven. It was around 7 p.m. The roads were wet but not slippery. The road was straight and level. It’s a stretch of road where you can see oncoming headlights for a mile ahead, court heard.

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An eye-witness who was driving directly behind Foster-Hunt’s van testified at trial and recalled the moment he veered into the other lane for five to six seconds. Foster-Hunt never corrected his path or applied the brakes before the fatal head-on collision, court heard.

The eye-witness recalled her thoughts right before the deadly crash:

“Oh my God, what’s he doing? He’s going to hit them; get in your own lane.”

A tell-tale sign that a driver is high on meth is that they can’t stay in their own lane, court heard.

Minutes after the verdict, Duncan’s aunt, Patti Duncan, told this newspaper that young Craig was a kind soul with a solid sense of humour.

“He was one of the few people who treated me normal after I was diagnosed with cancer. He treated me normal, no pity,” his aunt said.

Craig Malcolm Duncan never got to graduate, never went to the prom and never got to marry, his aunt said.

His family says that he made their holidays complete, and they now struggle daily, even with going through the daily motions of life.

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He had plans to go to college and follow in the footsteps of his father, a successful Stittsville businessman.

“Craig had hopes, dreams and goals. … He was kind, caring and real,” his aunt said.

His family said his sense of humour could turn any frown upside down.

He made a lasting impression and spent his free time with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Loftus. He hiked with his mom, four-wheeled with his brother and fished with his dad.

“Craig not only touched the lives of others, but he made this world a better place,” Patti Duncan said.

Foster-Hunt is out on bail awaiting sentencing, scheduled for later this year.

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