Suspected drunk driver in fatal crash fired from job
The suspected drunk driver who crashed a company van into Kassandra Kaulius's car, killing the young softball player, has been fired.
A 34-year-old woman was driving a company vehicle from Precision Restoration in Delta when she broadsided Kaulius's red BMW in Surrey Tuesday night. The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Precision Restoration owner Randy Klann is still in shock; he received a call from police after the crash, saying that one of his employees had allegedly blown through a red light while drinking and driving.
"I thought I was dreaming. I thought it was an absolute nightmare," Klann said.
"It's devastated us. We're a good group of individuals.... The fact that somebody's tragically lost their life like this is senseless and so unnecessary."
He says he's fired the employee for breaking strict company rules about using the van for personal use, and for the alleged impaired driving. She is also facing a possible charge of drunk-driving causing death.
Kaulius was a popular softball player who coached a children's team when she wasn't at university, where she was studying to become a teacher.
Her family is struggling to cope with the loss and pleading with the public to stop drinking and driving.
"Yes, I want the punishment to fit the crime, yes I want tougher laws, but really I want Kassandra back," cousin Darren Kaulius said.
"Please be more aware. Please be more conscious. Please stop drinking and driving."
Kaulius was on her way home from a softball game at the time of the crash. Police say the suspect was at a private residence just before the wreck.
A scholarship fund has been set up in Kaulius's name at Coast Capital Savings. Anyone interested in donating can ask for the Kassandra Kaulius Surrey Storm Scholarship at any branch.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Julia Foy