Widowed mom counts cost as impaired driver makes bail

Widowed mom Justine Ellis is counting the cost of impaired driving as the young man accused of killing her husband in a head-crash in November is released on $20,000 bail. He is Tyler Neilson, 20, of Newmarket. He faces charges of impaired driving causing death, taking a vehicle without consent and driving while disqualified. Court has heard that Neilson was at the wheel of a car early on the morning of November 13 when the vehicle drifted across the centre line on Highway 48 and collided with the car of Justine’s husband, Stuart Ellis.  He was an electrician who was on his way to work. He left home in Beeton that morning with Justine, 28, still asleep. She had told him two weeks earlier that they were expecting their second child. As reported by Rachel D”Amore of CP24, Justine Ellis said she felt compelled to speak publicly so soon after her husband’s death to warn others about the perils of drunk driving.


She said she’s particularly concerned as the holiday season is approaches. “I don’t want my husband to have died for no reason,” she said in the days following the crash. “I don’t want anyone else to go through this. If I can even save one life that means that my husband’s life meant something. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, so if I can save someone else from feeling this pain then I really want to.” Her father, a York Regional policeman, was present at the Newmarket courthouse on Wednesday. “He’s got freedom,” said Graeme Turl. “My son and my daughter and my grandchildren do not. They will never get any further freedom from this.” Tyleer Nielson must live with his family while he awaits trail. “They’re taking this very, very seriously,” his lawyer Sheldon Wisener said. “This is probably the worst thing that has ever happened to them as a family.”