Natasha Warren (left) was sentenced to 37 months in jail on Friday (Dec. 28) for the drunken crash that killed Kassandra Kaulius (right) in 2011. Below is Kassandra's mom

UPDATE: Drunk driver in fatal Surrey crash sentenced to three years in jail

Natasha Warren also banned from driving for five years after prison time in death of Kassandra Kaulius.

The woman who killed Surrey’s Kassandra Kaulius last year while drunk and speeding at the wheel of a van has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison and is banned from driving for five years following the completion of her sentence.

Natasha Warren, 35, gave a small smile and wave to her mother and other family members and friends as she was led by sheriffs into custody. Just prior, her mom whispered “oh my God” and held her head in her hands upon hearing her daughter’s jail sentence.

Outside the courtroom, the Kaulius family and friends hugged and wept. Kassandra’s mom Markita Kaulius said she would have liked to have seen a longer sentence imposed, especially since Warren could be eligible for parole in a year.

“I’m not sure how I feel,” said Markita. “Every day is painful for us because we’re without Kassandra.”

She said she still wasn’t convinced of Warren’s remorse.

“To us, actions have always spoken louder than words,” Markita said. “Is she remorseful? I’m sure she’s remorseful she got caught.”

In July, Warren, a criminology student who wants to become a youth probation officer, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and failure to stop at an accident.

Warren was intoxicated – twice the legal alcohol limit – when she was driving northbound in a company van at 64 Avenue and 152 Street on May 3, 2011 when she slammed into a BMW being driven by 22-year-old Kaulius, who was on her way home from a softball game in Cloverdale.

Warren ran from the accident and was later found hiding in a nearby treed area. Witnesses said she reeked of alcohol and was slurring and staggering.

Earlier this month, Warren apologized in court, saying words couldn’t express how sorry she was for causing the death.

“If I could take it back, I would trade places with her (Kaulius) in a second,” said Warren, vowing to speak out about the perils of drinking and driving.

Her lawyer said she sent another letter of apology to Vancouver newspapers on Thursday.

The Crown was seeking a three-and-a-half year federal jail term, while the defence wanted 25 months.

In delivering his sentence, Surrey Provincial Court Judge Gurmail Gill said he felt Warren’s remorse was genuine and that the fatal incident was not “in keeping with her character.”

Still, he said, her decisions and actions on the night Kassandra Kaulius was killed showed a “high degree of intentional risk-taking” and that her conduct was “grave and morally blameworthy.”

The Kaulius family has been pushing for stiffer drunk driving penalties.

“Families’ lives are changed,” said Markita. “Every single one of us is a changed person.”

Just Posted

‘Y Dance’ event to raise money for new YMCA in Surrey

Downtown Surrey BIA looks to raise $100K for new facility to celebrate CEO’s 100th Ironman race

Mother’s death causes singer to cancel Surrey Fusion Festival performance

Revised schedule released with Mankirt Aulakh replacing Sharry Mann

Toilet, bathtub among junk dumped behind Scott Road thrift store, costing operators money

‘I wish people would appreciate what we do, and not dump their stuff,’ frustrated manager says

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

TONIGHT: Eagle Eyes to headline Concerts for the Pier in White Rock

East Beach event to feature The Fab Fourever

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read