May 2, 2014 1:46 pm

UPDATED: Regina man sentenced to jail for 2007 fatal crash

Maninder Pal Kang seen leaving court after being sentenced to two and a half years behind bars.

Kim Smith / Global News

REGINA – A 25-year-old Regina man has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars for a fatal vehicle crash in 2007.

Queen’s Bench Justice Catherine Dawson sentenced Maninder Pal Kang to a total of 29.5 months behind bars with time served. Kang has also been fined $1,000 for refusing a breathalyzer and $950 for a victim surcharge.

The 25-year-old has been prohibited from driving for three years following his release.

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Kang was found guilty of impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident and refusing to provide a breathalyzer test.

The crown was asking for at least seven years in prison followed by a ten year driving prohibition while the defence was hoping for about two years behind bars.

“Any file involving death, like the court pointed out, is tragic. Any file that involves two women having to have brain surgery is equally tragic,” said senior crown prosecutor, Dana Brûle. “Hopefully the message is out there that drinking and driving is a criminal offence and it is taken seriously.”

Kang was driving eastbound on Victoria Avenue when he collided with a semi-truck around 2 a.m. on June 25.

Court heard the vehicle was travelling 105 kilometres an hour in a 70 km/h zone, at the time of the crash.

Sukminder Singh Khuber, known to friends and family as Lucky, was killed while two other girls sustained serious head injuries.

Brûle said the crown will review the file to decide whether it will launch an appeal.

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