Letters to the Editor

More serious charges warranted in death of Gemma Snowball

Re: Mother says charges not enough (NewsLeader, Feb. 26)

Crown counsel’s bizarre decision to only charge the driver with minor traffic infractions for a serious accident causing death makes no sense.

Why is there not a more serious charge for an illegal left turn the driver had no right to do? Why is there not a charge of criminal negligence causing death?

Why is there not even a charge of dangerous driving causing death?

Why is the real factor of causing death not even mentioned in the charges? Is the fact that the accident caused death thought to be immaterial? Does the surprise decision imply there was no negligence?

If not negligence, what is the factor? How could one consider an illegal left turn “normal,” “natural,” or “understandable?”

If not negligence, what is it?

If there are mitigating factors or extenuating circumstances, why not present the arguments in court? Why not answer to a charge of negligence?

A Crown counsel has some serious responsibilities, professional and ethical.

Is there not an obligation to the victims?

Is there no obligation to the community, to press more serious charges, and make a stronger case, in this serious and tragic accident?

Terry Hilmar

New Westminster

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