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Family of woman killed in Surrey crash still devastated after sentencing

Last Updated Sep 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm PDT

(Kurtis Doering, NEWS 1130 staff photo)

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in Surrey last November

Nicolas Fortis Karvouniaris has been handed a 20 month sentence, including three years probation, five-year driving ban

Karvouniaris was driving more than three times the speed limit when his Jeep crashed into Sarah Dhillon's SUV

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — The family of a woman who was killed in a Surrey crash last year say the sentence handed down to the man responsible Thursday doesn’t feel like justice.

Nicolas Karvouniaris, 26, was driving more than three times the speed limit when his Jeep collided with an SUV driven by Sarah Dhillon on Nov. 4.

Dhillon, a 50-year-old maternity ward nurse from Abbotsford, was killed in the crash, and her 19-year-old passenger, Paige Nagata, died later in hospital. A third woman, Livia Kilian, was critically hurt. Dhillon’s 17-year-old son was also in the car.

Dhillon’s father says the sentence–which includes 20 months in prison–doesn’t seem like enough considering the crash claimed two lives and caused critical injuries.

“I don’t want the guy to spend the rest of his life in jail but we want to feel that there is accountability for actions,” says Dhillon’s father Troy Demmitt.

He says people who drive recklessly should face harsher consequences.

Paul Dhillon, Sarah’s husband says he has been preparing his children for this day for some time now.

“I told my children that nothing was going to equal our loss. I told them that the first day and I said it over and over again. I never expected anything that was going to equal our loss,” he says. “It’s just devastating.”

Karvouniaris pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in May, 2019.

In addition to jail time, Karvouniaris’ sentence comes with three years probation, a driving ban within Canada for five years, as well as 240 hours of community service.