As our Families for Justice Society continues to grow we now have families from across Canada who are very frustrated by the legal system and they agree that the laws need to change.

I had a call this evening from the sister of Marilyn Laursen who was killed in White Rock on May 18, 2011.

During a police chase Kyle Danyliuk, 18 at the time, blew through the intersection of Johnston Road and Thrift Avenue in his girlfriend's Nissan and struck 56-year-old Marilyn Laursen, who had been walking in a crosswalk. Laursen was thrown 10 meters. Before hitting Laursen, Danyliuk had crashed into two other cars, seriously injuring another woman.

Danyliuk sped away from the scene and ditched the car in Surrey. His girlfriend then reported the car stolen. He was arrested two months later. Danyliuk pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing Laursen's 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 crown prosecutor told the court during his sentencing submission that Danyliuk had been drinking before the chase and was driving without a licence. He blew past stop signs and red lights, and drove on the sidewalk during the chase, which at times reached a speed of 88 kilometres per hour. The court also heard he has a criminal record for theft, mischief, carrying weapons and assault.

Danyliuk was sentenced to 2 years less a day in prison and probation for 3 years.

However in saying that the reality is this is what he will serve:

  • Start of sentence: Oct 25, 2012
  • Length of sentence: 1 year 11 months and 30 days
  • Warrant expiry date: October 23, 2014
  • Probation after sentence: 3 years

The sad fact is day parole eligibility is Feb 23, 2013 - 4 months after he started a 2 year sentence.

Full Parole Eligibility is June 25, 2013 - just 8 months after he started his sentence!!

The hearing is set for March 15, 2013 at Fraser Regional Correctional Facility at 11 AM. If he is approved he will go to a halfway house right away!!

This is totally unacceptable, an insult to the family. Marilyn deserves so much more justice than this. The family feels that this is a mere slap on the wrist. All he has learned is that you will get very little time for committing the crime. Cases like this are why we are trying to get changes in the laws.

Submitted by: Markita (Famlies for Justice)

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Last updated on: 2013-02-21 | Link to this post