House arrest for hit and run driver that killed teen
In court Friday afternoon, Jesse Paul Sangera admitted he did not stay at the scene of the accident that killed 18-year-old Lemar Faqirzada.
But Sangera will not spend a day in prison. Instead, he will serve a one year conditional sentence, or one year of house arrest.
"I don't think that's fair at all," says Lemar's sister, Shila. "I don't think anyone would think that's fair."
Lemar was killed in September 2007. He was trying to cross a Surrey street when a speeding car hit him with such force his body was thrown down the street.
His childhood friend Rochelle was with him when it happened. She was injured in the crash.
"He didn't slow down, he just kept going," Rochelle told CTV after the accident.
Faqirzada's mother and father had moved here from Afghanistan. They thought B.C. would bring a better life for their kids.
"What kind of life is in Canada? I can't believe that," says his mother, Homira Faqirzada. "I came as a refugee in Canada to save my children's life, but only one year house arrest, do you that's a right judgment? No it's not."
The judge called Jesse Paul Sanghera's decision to flee the scene and conceal his involvement "callous and cowardly."
But he took into consideration his clean driving record, and the fact the 30-year-old eventually confessed. And then said he was sorry, something Faqirzada's sister does not accept.
"It's too late for an apology. It's too late," she says.
Sanghera will not be allowed to drive for two years as part of his punishment.
"I'm sorry, I'm not stopping here," says Homira Faqirzada. "I'm going to the federal court,"
With a report from CTV British Columbia's St. John Alexander