A South Surrey man will learn on Oct. 25 if he will do provincial or federal time for killing a woman in a hit-and-run crash and injuring another during a police chase in White Rock.
The incident happened May 18, 2011.
Hearing loud music coming from a dark red Nissan Maxima, White Rock RCMP Const. David Bickle tried to pull over the car but its driver, Kyle Danyliuk, 18, refused to stop, launching a police chase through White Rock that ended with pedestrian Marilyn Laursen, 56, being struck by the Nissan while she and friend were crossing in a crosswalk at Johnston Road and Thrift Avenue.
Before hitting Laursen, Danyliuk struck two other cars, injuring another woman. Laursen was thrown 10 metres and died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries.
Danyliuk didn't stop. He ditched the car, which belonged to his then-pregnant girlfriend, at the corner of Lilac Drive and Tulip Drive in Surrey, with severe front-end damage.
After police found the car they were told it had been stolen. Two months later, Danyliuk was arrested and confessed to his crimes.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Failing to stop at an accident that caused death and failing to stop at an accident that caused bodily harm.
The court heard Danyliuk was a high school dropout and his lawyer, Isaac Ferbey, said he had a "difficult" childhood.
"It is an understatement, your honour, to say Mr. Danyliuk had inadequate guidance growing up," Ferbey told Surrey provincial court Judge Michael Hicks, at the sentencing hearing Thursday.
Ferbey said Danyliuk is "very genuine in his remorse" and that his new family depends on him. He told the judge Danyliuk some time after the crash drove past the scene, saw a roadside memorial, and returned to place some flowers.
Ferbey asked for a sentenced of 18 months to two years less a day, provincial time.
Crown prosecutor Brad Kielmann, is seeking four years, federal time. Danyliuk's actions were "selfish and irresponsible," he said, and "lacking in respect for human life."
Keilmann noted that Danyliuk, now 20, had been drinking before the chase and was driving without a licence, through stops signs and red lights, and on sidewalks during the chase, which at times reached a speed of 88 kilometres an hour.
The court heard he has a criminal record for theft, mischief, carrying weapons and assault.
Cheryl Parrott, one of Laursen's sisters, said in her victim impact statement to court that she had to break the terrible news to their 87-year old mother.
"She just crumpled against me." Her other sister, Lynn McCutcheon, said she and Laursen were like "peas in a pod."
"I've become a person I don't know," she told Hicks.
Shaunna Radford had been walking with Laursen when Laursen was killed, right before her eyes. She said she considered Laursen to be her adopted mom.
She told the court she now sometimes struggles to breathe, is haunted by images, and feels like she's living in a "horror film." She's alienated, she said, and has lost her spark and zest for life.
Meantime, the constable is also to appear in court in October, to answer to criminal charges, following a Vancouver Police investigation of the events leading up to the fatal collision.
"The results of the investigation allege that RCMP Const. David Bickle's actions and failure to follow the numerous federal and provincial guidelines regarding pursuit driving contributed to the death of a pedestrian," according to a VPD press release.
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