More than two years after the loss of his son to an alleged disabled and dangerous driver, Bahadur Singh Randhawa says his family is in agony and awaits answers and justice.
Sanehpal Singh Randhawa died on December 29, 2019 after a collision between his taxi and a Car2Go in Vancouver.
Vancouver police said at the time they believed speed and alcohol were factors, and that the Car2Go driver may have run a red light and Singh Randhawa’s car had a T-blunt.
“I live for justice, I fight for justice,” Singh Randhawa told Global News.
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The driver of the Car2Go, a man in his twenties, was left in critical condition by the accident and has since returned to his home country of Ireland.
Vancouver Police Department recommended six charges against him in March 2020 related to drink-driving and dangerous driving, but said they were unlikely to be approved due to the man’s medical condition.
“That is a total injustice for Sanehpal Singh Randhawa or people who work hard in this country and give their best,” Singh Randhawa said.
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In the years since his son’s death, Singh Randhawa said he has approached provincial and federal officials for assistance in securing justice for his son, but has received no response.
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Sanehpal, who was 28 at the time of his death, worked two jobs and was described by friends as a “decent” and “nice” man.
“I say about my son, all is well,” said Singh Randhawa. “He’s not my star, he’s a Canadian and Indian star.”
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By email, the Vancouver Police Department said its investigators have “submitted a thorough and lengthy report” in the case to the Crown Counsel, but they were unable to comment on the status of the file, which rests with the BC Prosecution Service.
In its own written statement, BC’s prosecutor said it had “no comment on the trial or the challenges presented by the facts of this case until the charge adjudication process is completed.”
“We currently do not have a timeline for the completion of the review,” wrote Dan McLaughlin, communications consultant.
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Ravi Hira, a Vancouver criminal defense attorney not involved in the case, criticized the Crown’s lack of communication about the case, especially with the victim’s family.
“It causes more hardship for victims, it creates memory problems for witnesses and it creates problems with public respect for the administration of justice when justice is delayed for so long at the hands of the Crown,” he said.
In serious cases, the charges are usually upheld and it is up to the accused to prove they are not fit to stand trial, Hira explained. If their evidence is accepted by the Crown or the court, the Crown may adjourn, drop charges, or adjourn the proceedings until the accused is fit to stand trial.
“That kind of process makes victims clear again, makes it clear to the public, makes it clear to British Columbians why things are done,” Hira said. “We need more of that.”
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Meanwhile, Singh Randhawa and his family await justice.
“If he’s guilty, press him, if he’s not guilty, release him,” he told Global News. “We want justice.”
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