The drunk driver responsible for the death of 22-year-old Kassandra Kaulius in a horrific crash 2½ years ago has been denied both full and day parole.

Natasha Leigh Warren, 36, has served less than a year of her 37-month sentence for dangerous driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death and failing to stop at an accident causing bodily harm.

The parole hearing was held Wednesday at Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford. It was Warren’s first application for parole.

“Tonight will probably be the first night that I will sleep through the night knowing that the justice system today supported Kassandra as a victim and our family as victims,” Markita Kaulius, Kassandra’s mother, said following the hearing.

“So far every other day we have felt let down by our justice system.”

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

That evening Warren drank a bottle and a half of wine while watching a hockey game on TV 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 at the time of the collision.

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.

Kassandra died from catastrophic injuries.

Warren was charged in April 2012 and entered guilty pleas three months later.

The Parole Board of Canada noted in its decision that Warren has made considerable progress while in custody, but said she still has a limited understanding of the role alcohol and stress played in her offence. There were also issues with her release plan.

The board concluded that her risk to reoffend was still too high. Warren has 60 days to appeal the decision. She will be allowed to reapply for parole in one year.

“We have to live knowing every day for the rest of our lives Kassandra’s not part of our family and part of our lives,” Kaulius said. “At least today the parole board wanted to hold Ms. Warren accountable for one more year, so we were grateful for that.”


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