SURREY (NEWS1130) – A woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Kassandra Kaulius in Surrey last year.
Natasha Leigh Warren has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and driving in excess of .08 of alcohol causing death. The 34-year-old did not plead guilty to impaired driving, which is a slightly different offence.
Kaulius was on her way home from a softball game when Warren ran a red light and hit her. She died at the scene at 152nd Street and 64th Avenue.
The Kaulius family is happy and relieved to hear that Warren has taken responsibility. But Kassandra’s mother, Markita, says it’s never going to be enough because at the end of the day, her daughter is never coming back.
“This could have been anybody; any one of your daughters or your sons or your mothers or your fathers or your aunts or your uncles. When people drink and drive, they’ve made the conscious choice that they don’t care,” she tells us.
“I have a bedroom down the hall that still has all of her things in it. It’s a room waiting for her to come home, and she can’t,” adds Markita
Warren’s defence lawyer says she could face anywhere between two and six years in jail. Kassandra’s father, Vicktor, says no amount of time will ever be enough.
“It’s almost irrelevant. There is some relevancy, though. The higher it is, I’ll be happier; it may deter someone else,” he explains.
The Kaulius family has been given a letter of apology, but they have yet to look at it. They say even when they do, they likely won’t make it public.
Sentencing for this case will likely happen in December.