The parents of a 22-year-old Timberlea man killed in an explosion at a local auto dealer body shop say they struggle each day with the loss of their son.
“We mark each and every day as not another day, but as another day without Kyle,” an emotional Paul Hickey, with his wife, Estella, by his side, told the court yesterday during the start of a sentencing hearing into their son’s death.
“I will never get over losing Kyle,” Estella, fighting back tears, would later add.
O’Regan’s Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. pleaded guilty in September to a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to an explosion that killed Kyle Hickey two years ago.
Hickey was working at the O’Regan’s Kia body shop in Dartmouth just before 4 p.m. on March 13, 2008 when an explosion rocked the building. Hickey was severely burned and died the next day.
Yesterday’s hearing took place at Dartmouth provincial court, with family members and friends of the victim in attendance, as well as Sean O’Regan, president and CEO of O’Regan’s.
- Under the Occupation Health and Safety Act,
the maximum fine facing O’Regan’s Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. is $250,000
and/or a maximum prison term of less than two years.
Correction – Oct. 19, 2010, 12:20 p.m. AST: A previous version of this story incorrectly said that O’Regan’s is facing five charges. In fact, they are facing one charge.