I am writing this letter in complete sadness and pain. I cannot believe the decision handed down Wednesday, Sept. 18, by Madame Justice Miriam Gropper in the case regarding Adelina Hecimovic, whose driving cut short the bright lives of Beckie Dyer and Johny De Oliveria.
I cannot understand how the judge could not find this young woman accountable for her actions.
Hecimovic was driving 130 km/h in an 80 zone. She went into the right turning lane, thinking it was a straight through lane. She ran a red light and propelled her moving vehicle sideways up and over the concrete median, slamming into the roof of Beckie’s Suzuki Swift, killing them instantly.
I have no background in law, aside from rudimentary business law classes I attended in college, but even a simple woman like me sees what a travesty this is.
It took me less than five minutes to pull up the ICBC pages which clearly state the fines and points involved when people don’t follow their stated laws.
This young woman walked away scott free – no points, no fines, no jail time.
She had a rough day, she was vomited on at her nursing job. She had her period
Does vehicular manslaughter not apply to women during their cycles? I didn’t see that in the ICBC documents.
I am shocked and dismayed that Justice Gropper came to her decision after briefly reviewing the transcripts; she did not even sit in on the hearing.
Here is Minister of Justice Peter MacKay’s opportunity to make things right, as an elected official, paid by us to represent the majority, to not let these lost lives be unaccounted for.
My friend Debbie Dyer, will never see her daughter grow up into the fine, socially responsible adult she was becoming. She will never have grandchildren to love and hold, she will never again hug her only child.
My heart breaks.
I live with a chronic illness which often leaves me without sleep and in pain. I choose not to drive when I am like this, it is dangerous, and I make the choice not to get behind the wheel, as I know I am impaired and could not live with myself if I hurt or kill someone.
At one point, I did not drive for well over two years. It was terribly inconvenient, but I knew the risks involved.
Thankfully, now my illness is better managed. That said, I have spent 35 weeks in hospital. I have seen many nurses and doctors get vomited on – heck, I vomited on at least one doctor myself.
I still assess my ability on a daily basis before getting behind the wheel.
As a mother myself of one young daughter, I have even tried to see this case from both sides of the coin. I don’t believe in persecuting the innocent.
But in essence, this is exactly what has happened: these parents have had to painfully relive the nightmare in the courthouse, only to be slapped in the face by the failed justice system.
I’m beyond shocked, and dismayed.
Deborah Revell, Maple Ridge
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