The five-month sentence handed a hit and run driver who killed their son won’t deter others, the parents of a dead Calgary man said Thursday.

Reyna Morales and Harold Chavarria, whose son Moises Morales was killed while walking on Centre St. N. a year ago, said Dilan Ursan’s punishment was not sufficient.

“I will never get to see my son, forever,” Reyna Morales said through tears, outside court.

Chavarria said they were surprised at the low sentence handed Ursan, who fled the scene of the Feb. 17, 2014 crash and had two prior impaired convictions on his record.

“Definitely we feel sad,” he said, shortly after provincial court Judge John Bascom sentenced Ursan on a charge of hit and run where a fatality occurs.

“What is the message that we are sending to the people out there?” he asked.

Chavarria suggested Bascom placed too much reliance on Ursan’s psychological history.

Defence counsel Ian McKay said Ursan, 26, has struggled with alcohol abuse and has had to live with the fact his father died 20 years ago from a drug overdose.

“That is something he has had to (deal) with for his whole life, the tragic loss of his father,” McKay said.

Along with the jail term, Bascom placed Ursan on probation for two years and directed he get substance abuse and psychological counselling.

“It seems to be it’s easy to hide under the mask of psychological issues and ... get away with any crime,” Chavarria said.

Bascom also credited Ursan for returning to the scene of the crime nearly five hours later and confessing, after McKay explained his client panicked after the collision.

But Chavarria suggested that delay may have assisted Ursan in avoiding a more serious charge.

“Some people really get smart in order to avoid ... the justice system and in order to avoid the alcohol test,” he said.

Crown prosecutor Brian Hadford — who suggested a sentence in the nine- to 12-month range — said there was no indication Ursan was drunk at the time of the deadly collision.

“We don’t allege that there’s impaired driving in this case, there was no ability for the police to embark on an investigation,” Hadford said.

He said based on Ursan’s two prior impaired driving convictions, both in 2008, he would have sought a three- to four-year prison term had drunkenness been proven as the cause of the crash.

Source: Calgary Sun


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