09/14/2016 09:08 EDT | Updated 09/15/2017 01:12 EDT

Alberta man who failed to see van before fatal crash imprisoned for three years

TABER, Alta. — An Alberta man has been sentenced to three years in prison for a highway crash that killed a father and his five-year-old child.

Roy Charles McCluskey, who is 59, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty in a Taber courtroom to charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The Lethbridge resident had originally pleaded not guilty and had a ten-day trial scheduled for this fall in Taber.

Court heard McCluskey was trying to pass three vehicles on Highway 3 east of Taber last December, but failed to see a van that had stopped to make a left-hand turn and slammed into it going nearly 140 kilometres an hour.

A 33-year-old man from Coaldale, Alta., who was a passenger in the van was killed along with his son, while the man's three-year-old son and a female passenger in McCluskey's vehicle were injured.

McCluskey also pleaded guilty Tuesday to a dangerous driving charge from a separate incident in February when he collided with a parked truck in Lethbridge while under the influence of alcohol.

Upon release, McCluskey is prohibited from driving for five years. (CJOC)