Ramage confused after fatal accident, jury hears
The jury in Rob Ramage's trial heard Tuesday that the former Toronto Maple Leaf captain didn't remember driving the vehicle involved in a fatal crash nearly four years ago.
Vaughan firefighter Don Wagg testified on Tuesday that when Ramage was pulled from the mangled vehicle, he didn't remember driving the car and was confused as to who the passenger was.
Wagg said Ramage stated his name, told the man he was OK and said to look after his buddy former Leafs defenceman Gary Leeman.
Ramage, 48, has pleaded not guilty to five criminal offences stemming from a December 2003 car crash that killed former Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Keith Magnuson.
Leeman is also a former Toronto Maple Leaf player who played for the team throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Ramage was driving Magnuson home after they attended the funeral of NHL Alumni Association chair Keith McCreary in nearby Bolton, Ont.
The pair was travelling eastbound in a rented Chrysler Intrepid when the vehicle crossed over the centre median into oncoming traffic.
A second witness, Brian McGran, testified Tuesday that when he arrived at the accident scene he could smell alcohol emanating from the Intrepid. He also told the jury that Ramage was disoriented and confused.
Under cross examination by prominent Toronto lawyer Brian Greenspan, McGran conceded Ramage could have been disoriented after suffering a concussion in the crash.
The Crown said Monday that jurors would hear Ramage's blood alcohol level was exceedingly high.
Prosecutors also said ambulance personnel will testify to smelling alcohol on Ramage's breath while transporting him to hospital.
The trial is expected to last three or four weeks.
Ramage was captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1989 to 1991. During his 15-year career, he also played for the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens, winning Stanley Cups with both teams
With a report from CTV's John Musselman