Teen avoids jail in 100 km/h crash that killed kids playing in Vaughan driveway

A teenaged driver who killed two Vaughan children playing in front of their house has been sentenced to 12 months in an open custody facility followed by six months under community supervision.

Last December, he pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He also received a six-year driving prohibition.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was driving his dad’s Mercedes on Athabasca Drive on May 16, 2021 when it hit a curb, launched into the air and struck Anaya Chaudhari, 10, and Jax Chaudhari, 4, who had been playing in the driveway at the front of their house.

The vehicle was traveling more than a 100 km/h on the residential street where the posted maximum speed is 40 km/h. He was on his way to see his girlfriend.

The teen has been living under house arrest since he was released on $300,000 bail.

Defense had asked for a maximum penalty of two years probation and a five-year driving prohibition. He is devastated by what happened and accepts responsibility, his lawyer told the court. The prosecution sought a six month open custody order and a 10-year driving ban.

On Monday, Ontario court Judge David Rose read his reasons for sentence inside a packed Newmarket courtroom. At least three dozen people, including a neighbor of the Chaudharis, attempted to watch and listen on zoom.

After ignoring repeated attempts by zoom participants who tried to tell him they were unable to hear the proceedings, Rose ordered the clerk to “end the zoom call immediately.”

More to come.

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