Charges recommended in the death of Kassandra Kaulius
Almost a year after Kassandra Kaulius was killed in a traffic accident, police are recommending several charges against the driver, including drunk and dangerous driving.
Last May 3, Kaulius, 22, was broadsided by a Ford Econoline van which ran a red light at 64 Avenue and 152 Street. Kaulius was heading home from a softball game.
Witnesses at the scene said the van was speeding, and that the 34-year-old driver allegedly ran from the vehicle into a wooded area where she was found by a bystander.
Mounties now say they have recommended criminal charges against the Surrey woman who was driving the van.
They include dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrams causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Police say they have submitted a report to Crown Counsel more than 2,000 pages long and that they expect it will take prosecutors weeks to review the recommendations.
Kassandra's mother Markita wants to see the penalties increased for drunk driving.
"We would also like to see the government make changes to the Criminal Code of Canada to redefine the offence of impaired driving causing death to vehicular manslaughter," she told CTV.
"I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to my daughter or tell her how much I love her. Someone took
that away from me. and I have to live with that everyday."
Kaulius was attending the University of the Fraser Valley to become a physical education teacher. The rest of her time was booked solid.
There is currently a petition of more than 2,000 signatures demanding tougher sentences and mandatory minimums. For more information, visit Markita Kaulius's "Families for Justice"
~with files from CTV News