Loading articles...

'It is brutal, it is final': Man hopes daughter's death in Surrey prompts change as driver set to be sentenced

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 5:25 am PDT

(Kurtis Doering, NEWS 1130 staff photo)

Father of woman killed in Surrey crash last year hopes daughter's death will start conversation about dangerous driving

Sarah Dhillon and another woman were killed in the November crash, which also left another woman seriously hurt

Nicolas Karvouniaris is set to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The father of a woman killed in a dangerous driving incident last November in Surrey is hoping his daughter’s death opens up a conversation about how we drive.

Troy Demmit doesn’t know the full details of the Nov. 4 crash, which left his daughter Sarah Dhillon and another woman dead, as well as a third woman seriously hurt, and hopes Thursday’s hearing doesn’t get into any of those specifics.

“I’m not looking forward to it, and it’s not that I don’t want to go,” says Demmitt of the hearing. “It’s just something we have to endure.”

However, as Nicolas Karvouniaris prepares to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death, Demmitt wants us to reflect on our own behaviour behind the wheel.

“I want people to realize that when someone dies in a traffic accident, it is brutal, it is final,” says Demmitt.

He also wonders if there is any way to increase penalties for drivers who continuously flout driving laws.

“I’ve lost a daughter that I loved and cherished, and was incredibly proud of,” says Demmitt. “I think we can tighten up the penalties and I think we can tighten up the fines.”

Demmitt also wants drivers involved in similar incidents to speak with those just getting their licences, either as part of their sentences or by making that choice themselves.