Testimony Begins At Sanderson Trial

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 13:30



The trial of a La Ronge woman accused of two counts of impaired driving causing death has officially begun in Prince Albert.


27-year-old Lily Sanderson is also facing two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.


This morning, jurors heard from James Ratt — one of five people who were involved in a single vehicle rollover on a grid road just south of La Ronge in May 2005.


Ratt told the court he remembers seeing Sanderson at his sister’s house shortly before the accident.


Ratt says he was drinking, and has trouble remembering what happened after that.


He testified he did remember waking up on a lumpy stretch of ground with someone talking to him.


The next thing he remembers is lying in a hospital bed beside Sanderson, who was talking to him. Ratt said she was apologizing over and over again for what happened.


His next memory is of waking up in an intensive care unit of a hospital in Saskatoon.


Ratt told the court he suffered a fractured neck, a blood clot in his brain and an assortment of other injuries.


Two women, 25-year-old Talitha Sanderson and 23-year-old Laura Lee Isbister, died in the accident.


The trial is expected to last all week and possibly into next week.