'Odour of alcohol'

Former Leafs captain Rob Ramage arrives at Newmarket court yesterday. (Sun Media/Michael Peake)

Former Leafs captain Rob Ramage arrives at Newmarket court yesterday. (Sun Media/Michael Peake)

SAM PAZZANO -- Sun media

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

NEWMARKET -- A former Maple Leafs captain stunk of booze after a horrific car crash that killed his passenger, another former NHL player, a jury was told yesterday.

In his opening statement, Crown attorney Paul Tait said Rob Ramage had to be "extricated from the vehicle" by firefighters using the jaws of life and he later appeared confused over who his passenger was, asking police, "How's Gary?"

Ramage, 48, who played in the NHL from 1979 through 1994, is charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of former NHLer Keith Magnuson and the injuries to another driver, Michelle Pacheco, in the Dec. 15, 2003 crash in Woodbridge. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"The odour of alcohol emanated from Ramage as he was accompanied to the hospital by police Const. Shannon Riesberry," Tait said. Blood samples showed Ramage "substantially exceeded the legal limit of alcohol," he said.

Three empty Labatt 50 cans were found inside Ramage's vehicle and one can had a six-pack ring attached to it.

Pacheco testified that she remembered freezing in fear and thinking she was going to die when a car headed towards her "like a rocket."

Pacheco suffered a fractured heel and soft tissue damage.

She was driving on Rutherford Rd. between Islington Ave. and Pine Valley Dr. to pick up her then-19-month-old son when Ramage's car crossed the centre line and clipped another vehicle before colliding with Pacheco's car, killing former Chicago Blackhawks defennceman Magnuson, who was a passenger in his car.

Ramage and Magnuson were apparently on their way to a players' alumni meeting after attending a funeral reception for former NHL player Keith McCreary.


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