The family of a young woman killed by a drunk driver in Surrey two years ago has reached an out-of court settlement in its lawsuit against the driver and the Insurance Corp. of B.C.

Markita Kaulius, mother of 22-year-old Kassandra Kaulius, confirmed the recent settlement, but said she could not comment on the details, which are protected by a confidentiality agreement.

“It’s not much, I can tell you that,” she said Friday.

Kassandra was on her way home from softball shortly after 10 p.m. on May 3, 2011, when she was hit by a van driven by Natasha Leigh Warren.

That evening Warren drank a bottle and a half of wine while watching a hockey game with her boyfriend, then got into her white Ford work van and left home.

About 45 minutes later Warren slammed her van into the driver’s side of Kassandra’s red BMW at the intersection of 64th Avenue and 152nd Street, where Kassandra was waiting to turn left on a green light.

Warren’s vehicle was going more than 100 km/h when it struck Kassandra’s.

After the crash Warren ran into a nearby wooded area. A bystander found her a short time later and she was arrested. Warren gave two breath samples, blowing almost twice the legal limit.

Kaulius died from catastrophic injuries.

In July 2012 Warren pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, operation of a vehicle while over 0.08 causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm. She was sentenced last December to 37 months in prison.

Kassandra’s parents filed their lawsuit against Warren and the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in March. They sought general and special damages and expenses, such as funeral costs.

Because of Warren’s conviction, it’s possible ICBC will seek reimbursement from Warren for any money it pays out in connection with the case.

The settlement comes shortly before Warren’s parole hearing, which is scheduled for next week.

Markita Kaulius said the hearing is not something her family is looking forward to attending.

“It’s very hard. It’s still a struggle every day,” Kaulius said.

While she has been preparing herself for the possibility that Warren will be released on parole, Kaulius said she’s hopeful Warren will spend more time in prison.

“I’ve been saying my prayers,” she said.

Source: The Province


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