A memorial to 'Nic' Twiddy along West Coast Road.

Chiassson sentenced to federal prison

Man who caused death of Nicolas Twiddy gets three years

  • Wed Mar 6th, 2013 1:00pm
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The young man who took a stolen car for a joy ride and caused the death of 15-year-old Nicolas Twiddy will serve three years in a federal prison.

David James Chiasson was sentenced on March 5 by Judge Anthony Palmer. Judge Palmer also sentenced Chiasson to two years, to be served concurrently, for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

In the car with Twiddy were his friends Maria Forbes and Steve Livingstone. None of the passengers knew the car was stolen.

On the day of the crash, April 9, 2012, Chiasson made the suggestion that the four of them go to the beach. They never made it. Instead Chiasson lost control of the Chevrolet Cavalier on a gravel shoulder on West Coast Road and hit a utility pole before rolling the car. Twiddy, who was a passenger in the back seat, died in the crash. Fifteen-year-old Forbes was seriously injured in the crash and suffered fractures to her cheekbone, jaw, sternum, right pelvis, first lumbar along with two broken ribs and a bruised heart and lung.

Eighteen-year-old Livingstone was also injured and still suffers from the loss of his friend.

Chiasson is prohibited from driving for 10 years and must submit a DNA sample. It has been stated that he is remorseful and regrets what he did.