MANJIT Singh, 31, who ran a red light and almost killed Rhaea Grant, 19, who was in a crosswalk at King George Boulevard and 96th Street at about 6:30 a.m. on October 20 last year, was on Thursday given a six-month conditional sentence.
He will be under house arrest for the first three months, but will continue working at a bakery. During the last three months of the sentence, he will have to abide by a curfew. He also received a one-year driving prohibition and must submit a DNA sample, CTV reported.
He will be on probation for a year after his sentence. Also, he must do 50 hours of community service.
Singh pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a collision causing bodily harm.
Rhaea, who was working as an apprentice welder with Garaventa Lift Canada, suffered life-threatening injuries: multiple fractures, internal lacerations and a tear in her heart.
Singh told CTV: “I deeply apologize for my actions and I never (had) intentions to hit anybody in my life.”
Singh’s lawyer told the court the collision was the result of a moment of inattention and his client panicked. Singh has been in Canada since May 2017 and is not a permanent resident. He could be deported.