Drunk driver who killed B.C. woman gets 37 months in prison
Published Friday, December 28, 2012 8:09AM PST
Last Updated Friday, December 28, 2012 8:57PM PST
The woman who killed a promising Metro Vancouver softball player while driving drunk last year received 37 months in prison and an eight-year driving ban Friday.
Natasha Warren, who was 35 at the time, drank 1.5 bottles of wine before getting behind the wheel of a restoration company van on May 3, 2011.
She ran a red light in Surrey and T-boned 22-year-old Kassandra Kaulius's car, instantly killing the award-winning softball pitcher and coach.
Witnesses said Warren tried to run away after the crash, and police found her lying face down in a wooded area near the scene shortly after and arrested her.
The Crown sought a three-and-a-half-year prison term for Warren while the defence asked for two years behind bars and a five year driving ban following the crash.
Kassandra’s parents told reporters outside Surrey provincial court Friday they do not feel Warren’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.
“Every day is painful for us,” said Markita Kaulius. “The bottom line is not even about the drinking and driving. It’s the fact that an innocent young girl coming home from a softball game was murdered.”
At her sentencing hearing before Christmas, Warren said words can't express her sorrow and she plans to speak to teenagers about her mistakes in hopes of deterring similar tragedies.
“Is she remorseful? I’m sure she’s remorseful that she got caught,” Kaulius said. “She will be eligible for release after serving only one third of that 37 months. She will serve what we feel is very little jail time for taking the life of an innocent woman.”
Warren’s lawyer Mark Cacchioni said his client has accepted her sentence.
“I would be very surprised if [she] appealed her sentence,” he said.
The Kaulius family is advocating for a minimum sentence of five years behind bars for future cases of impaired driving causing death.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Lisa Rossington