Driver who killed senior at bus stop released after four months

SURREY – A Surrey driver who killed an elderly man when he smashed his brother’s Corvette into a Surrey bus shelter in 2009 has been released on full parole after serving only four months in prison.


Gurjit Dhillon, 28, was found guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of 83-


year-old Surrey grandfather Pritam Singh Benning at the corner of 72nd Avenue and 128th Street on Sept. 9, 2009.


Kyle Benning, the victim’s grandson, said Canada’s justice system is not sticking up for the families of victims.


"We’re taking it pretty tough to know he only served four months for taking a life," he said of Dhillon. "It’s tough to take."


Benning’s legs were crushed, and he later died in hospital. The crash happened at rush hour, in heavy traffic when a lot of pedestrians were around. Benning had been sitting at the bus shelter.


Dhillon was sentenced to one year in jail following a trial in Surrey provincial court last year. The B.C. Court of Appeal upheld the conviction.


Before Judge Jim Jardine sentenced him, Dhillon had apologized to the victim’s


family. Jardine said he found Dhillon’s remorse to be "readily apparent."


Kyle Benning, however, doesn’t agree. "It’s hard to take his word for what it is," Benning said of Dhillon.

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