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Surrey driver loses appeal in crash that killed 83-year-old at bus stop

Gurjit Dhillon has had an appeal of his dangerous driving conviction dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeal. He was found guilty in a 2009 crash that killed 83-year-old Pritam Benning (below) at a Surrey bus stop. - File Photo / The Leader
Gurjit Dhillon has had an appeal of his dangerous driving conviction dismissed by the B.C. Court of Appeal. He was found guilty in a 2009 crash that killed 83-year-old Pritam Benning (below) at a Surrey bus stop.
— image credit: File Photo / The Leader

A man found guilty in 2012 of dangerous driving in connection to a crash that killed a Surrey grandfather has lost an appeal of his conviction.

On Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed Gurjit Dhillon's appeal, which had been heard the day before.

It was the evening of Sept. 17, 2009 when 83-year-old Pritam Benning was waiting at a bus stop near 128 Street and 72 Avenue when a black Corvette driven by Dhillon accelerated abruptly at the intersection and switched lanes to get around a vehicle in front of him.

Dhillon's car spun out of control, jumped a curb and struck the bench where Benning was sitting. The elderly man's legs were crushed and had to be amputated in hospital. He was unconscious for five days before he died.

The trial judge said Dhillon drove with "intentional risk" and that his driving was "obviously dangerous," refuting the defence's argument that the Corvette's brakes were faulty.

Dhillon, who is now 29, apologized to the Benning family in court, but two days after receiving a one-year jail sentence, filed notice with the B.C. Court of Appeal to overturn his conviction.

He has a tattoo on his arm with Benning's name and the words, "The day everything changed."

 

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