Impaired driver who injured little boy last year to be sentenced in Regina court

Charles Howard Raycraft will be sentenced Tuesday in Regina provincial court after injuring a young boy, Benjamin “Ben” Dufour, in an impaired driving incident.

Raycraft pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm and will appear in provincial court Tuesday afternoon.

On June 21, 2022, Ben was struck by an impaired driver, identified as Raycraft, in the 200 block of Dalgleish Drive. The victim suffered a fractured femur, humerus, pelvis, broken ribs and sternum, skull fractures and soft tissue injuries to the spine.

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Ben was airlifted from Regina General Hospital to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon. He spent months in recovery with hospital visits, appointments with specialists and rehabilitation. According to the mother’s victim impact statement, Ben is wearing a brace on his neck and is not able to move, but he is alive.

“This trauma will stay with us forever. These memories don’t disappear,” said mother Ca*si Dufour. “The images in our minds of things we have seen and experienced are always with us. »

Ben’s family sent a public statement expressing their “sincere gratitude” to those near and far.

“To all those who supported us emotionally, financially and medically, who fed us, cared for us, absorbed our tears, witnessed our pain and kept us in their thoughts and prayers, from the bottom of their hearts heart, thank you,” the statement read.

PKBNEWS will bring you more as details become available.

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