Landon Ramsay had initially been charged with single counts of dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death in connection with the July 2010 accident that occurred on Route 12 just after 11:30 p.m.
Ramsay and Getson were the only occupants of a 2002 Dodge Viper that left the road that July night, causing both men to be thrown from the high-powered sports car. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. At the time, police said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
There were no eyewitnesses to the accident. Police were left to rely on accident reconstruction and forensic evidence to lay charges almost a year later.
The initial case had been set down for a five-day trial last October. On the first morning, Crown attorney John Diamond stayed the charges of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
Since that time, charges of impaired driving were laid against Ramsay.
The case went to trial Monday in Summerside provincial court.
The court heard testimony from a friend of Getson and Ramsay who told the court the men were at his home and drinking on the night of the accident.
In his statement to police several days after the accident, the friend said he saw Ramsay behind the wheel of the Viper when the pair left his home around 11:28 p.m. on July 31.
But, in court Monday, he told Crown attorney John Diamond that at the time he gave his statement he had been drinking for days. The Crown witness said he repeatedly told police that he didn’t want to give a statement and contended he didn’t see who was driving the car when Getson and Ramsay left.
“I just wanted to get out of there. I told him (the officer) what he wanted to hear so I could get out of the police station,” said the witness.
After giving his evidence, in which he repeatedly said he didn’t see who was driving, Crown attorney John Diamond requested a recess.
Several members of the Getson family, in the courtroom for the proceedings, were visibly upset and left before the judge returned and dismissed Ramsay after the Crown indicated that, based on the witness’ testimony, charges were stayed.