GURJIT Singh Dhillon was convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of Pritam Benning, 83, in Surrey in September 2009 and sentenced to one year in jail in April 2013 followed by two years of probation. He was also banned from driving for five years.
In November 2012, Surrey Provincial Court Judge James Jardine found Dhillon, who had been following a yellow Corvette in his black Corvette, intentionally engaged in risky driving as he sped around a Honda Accord at the green light while trying to change lanes and spun out of control.
Benning was severely injured when he was hit by the black Corvette at a bus stop on 72nd Avenue at 128th Street on September 17, 2009, and passed away five days later.
The Crown decided to drop the charge of street racing causing death and pursue a
conviction for dangerous driving causing death. There was conflicting testimony about the drivers of the two vehicles communicating and what their positions in traffic were.
Dhillon’s appeal was dismissed last June.
Now Dhillon has been granted an early release by the Parole Review Panel after serving only four months of his sentence and Benning’s family members are mighty upset about the justice system.
Benning’s son Manjit told Global BC TV that the decision hurt because Dhillon admitted to everything at the panel, but in court he didn’t.