Shamus MacKay

Jail time for Surrey hit-and-run that killed man

Jagjit Singh Basra sentenced to nine months jail for failing to stop when he struck 19-year-old Shamus MacKay.

A Surrey driver who did not stop after hitting and killing a teen five years ago has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Jagjit Singh Basra, 37, was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Tuesday (Oct. 13).

He was found guilty in May of failing to stop his vehicle or offer assistance when the car he was driving in September 2010 struck pedestrian Shamus Travis William MacKay.

During the trial, the court heard that Basra and his girlfriend were driving home from a date when they heard a thud near Fraser Highway and 168 Street and saw the windshield was broken.

Basra, who had a suspended licence at the time, drove a bit further before stopping to let his girlfriend drive.

They both testified at trial they didn’t see what hit the car, but thought someone might have thrown a rock.

In fact, their car had hit MacKay while he was walking on Fraser Highway, his body thrown into a ditch after impact. A passenger in a passing car saw him, pulled him from the ditch and called 911.

McKay, 19, died about an hour later from blunt force trauma to the head.

Basra and his girlfriend drove further before stopping again. They called a relative and then booked an appointment with an emergency windshield repair service before taking a cab to Basra’s residence for the night.

In the morning, Basra awoke to news a pedestrian had been struck and killed on Fraser Highway. He had the window repaired, took the car to the body shop and at some point, called a lawyer, who contacted police.

Arrangements were made, but it took police several subsequent attempts to contact Basra’s lawyer before the driver turned himself in.

In the meantime, Shamus’s mom made an emotional public plea, urging the driver to come forward. She wept, saying Shamus was a gentle, “good guy” who would be the first to help if anyone was in trouble.

In convicting Basra, Justice Frits Verhoeven said the driver was “well-aware” of the possibility the collision had involved a person, but chose not to investigate.

“He did not do so because he did not want to learn the truth,” Verhoeven said.

Basra’s sentence also includes a five-year driving ban.

 

Just Posted

Ten of 11 people taken into custody after shooting in Surrey have been released

Police say four guns, two Tasers, drugs and other weapons were seized after home shot at in Whalley

Madchild headlines ‘Hip Hop For Hunger’ at Surrey’s Strumms ‘n Drums club

Venue at Turf Hotel has hosted a variety of music events in recent months

15-year-old charged following threat to South Surrey high school

Police announce pair of teens arrested for Nov. 14 incident at Elgin Park Secondary

Delta Police Department joins integrated forensics team

Forensics-trained DPD officers will investigate scenes in other cities as well as in Delta

Injured eagle rescued in White Rock: ‘It was the size of a turkey!’

Bald eagle may have gotten into a fight over territory

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

Hope’s illicit drug death rate rivals Vancouver

Small Fraser Valley district listed among top five per capita in B.C.

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

TransLink CEO ‘hopeful’ SkyTrain shutdown can be averted with last-minute deal

No extra buses will be on the roads if strike goes ahead

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Don’t expect extra bus service during impending SkyTrain strike, CMBC says

Full SkyTrain shutdown is scheduled to start Tuesday morning

Most Read

l -->