Driver charged with street racing in senior's death
A 27-year-old man has been charged in an alleged street-racing crash that killed a beloved great-grandfather in Surrey, B.C. more than a year ago.
Pritam Benning, 83, was killed in September 2009, after a speeding Corvette plowed into him while he waited for the bus. The impact of the crash ripped the bus station bench from its foundation.
The Corvette's driver, Gurjit Dhillon, appeared in Surrey provincial court on Tuesday to face charges of street racing causing death. His next appearance is scheduled for March 18.
Police have not been able to locate the driver of a second car that they believe Dhillon was racing when Benning was killed, and Cpl. Drew Grainger told CTV News that it's likely they never will.
"All we knew is that it was a yellow, sports-type vehicle -- no licence plate, no idea on who the driver was. All avenues of this investigation were exhausted trying to locate the second vehicle in this matter," Grainger said.
Family members have described Benning as an independent senior and beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
"Everybody's so sad and we miss him everyday," his son Armajit Benning said outside the court on Tuesday. "My family in England phone almost every other day to find out what has happened, what is the latest."