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Calgary father found guilty in death of daughter in 2016 crash

Last Updated Jan 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm MDT

The Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary man has been found guilty of impaired driving in a crash that killed his young daughter.

Michael Bomford was charged with several offences including impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death after crashing his vehicle in October 2016.

Bomford was driving his 2002 Jeep Liberty west on McKnight Boulevard N.E. when he lost control and rolled across the eastbound lanes of McKnight, between 68 Street and 52 Street.

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The 55-year-old man tried to deny he was driving the vehicle, but the judge said the Crown proved it beyond a reasonable doubt, adding they also confirmed his intoxication caused the rollover.

Bomford’s 17-year-old daughter Meghan was in the vehicle along with her friend Kelsey Nelson.

Nelson suffered a serious brain injury and says she can’t remember the crash.

As the judge read the verdict, family members and friends could be heard letting out sighs of relief, and one man muttered expletives towards Bomford as he was found guilty.

Heather Cooper is Meghan’s aunt who was overjoyed when the verdict was passed down.

“As a family, we can finally grieve, not having this hanging over us and we can just go forward celebrating Meghan and Kelsey every single day.”

Sentencing for Bomford is scheduled for May 29.