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Street racing charge dropped in Surrey crash death trial

Gurjit Dhillon, remains on trial for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. A charge of street racing has been dropped in connection with the 2009 death of an 83-year-old pedestrian. - Evan Seal / Surrey Leader
Gurjit Dhillon, remains on trial for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. A charge of street racing has been dropped in connection with the 2009 death of an 83-year-old pedestrian.
— image credit: Evan Seal / Surrey Leader

Crown prosecutors have dropped a charge of street racing against a man who struck and killed a Surrey grandfather who was waiting at a bus stop almost three years ago.

Gurjit Dhillon, 28, remains on trial for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing the death of 83-year-old Pritam Benning on Sept. 17, 2009 at 128 Street and 72 Avenue.

Benning died in hospital five days later without regaining consciousness long enough for family to speak with him.

It had been alleged that Dhillon was racing his black Corvette against a yellow Corvette when he lost control and hit another car before smashing into the bus stop.

But the street racing charge was dropped due to unreliable witness testimony.

The 911 call Dhillon made from the scene was played in Surrey Provincial Court Monday.

"There's an accident. I hit a person. I need an ambulance quick," Dhillon is heard saying.

"You hit one person that was walking, right?" asks the 911 operator.

"No it was on a bus stop," Dhillon replied. "Something happened to my car. It just went out of control."

He then describes serious bleeding from the open wounds of the victim and is instructed to wrap the wound to slow the blood loss.

The trial has been adjourned until Nov. 19.

- with files from CBC News

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