WATCH ABOVE: The Badh family says driver has not learned his lesson after killing two of their family members. Tanya Beja reports.
VANCOUVER – A Victoria woman wants to raise some awareness about the man who killed her parents in a hit-and-run six years ago.
On July 12, 2008, Dilbag and Bakhshish Badh were on their way back from their daughter Rupi’s engagement party in Surrey. Rupi was driving, sister Varinder was in the passenger seat and Dilbag, 61, and Bakhshish, 60, were in the back around 1:30 a.m.
A white Acura sped up behind her and slammed into the rear driver’s side of the car. Her BMW went into a tailspin, stopping when it hit a utility pole.
Bakhshish was ejected and died. Dilbag died almost instantly. Varinder was critically injured. Rupi, a nurse, was hurt but able to climb out of her window and try to help her family.
WATCH: Varinder Badh speaks on After Noon.
When a witness looked inside the Acura less than a minute after the crash, the driver had fled.
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The man who killed Dilbag and Bakhshish, Ravinder Singh Binning, is scheduled to be released from prison next month, but the Badh’s daughter says he will be a risk to the public.
“To date we’ve never received a true apology from Binning,” said Varinder, speaking on Global News’ BC1 After Noon show. “Nor has he, in any of our passings, for example, the last parole board meeting we had, where he was up for early parole, both full and day parole, he again indicated that he didn’t feel that he was responsible. That basically suggested or inferenced that we were at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
It’s estimated that Binning was driving between 105 and 120 km/h at the time of impact. The speed limit was 60 km/h.
The judge said there was no evidence Binning tried to slow down before hitting the couple and fleeing the scene.
He received a four-and-a-half-year sentence in March, 2012.
“Everything has changed for us as we know it. Grief becomes a part of your life. You have to learn to live and laugh again,” said Varinder. “My family is doing the best they can.”
She added that she took this tragedy and channeled it into a PhD for road crimes.
“Binning, he’s just an example of one habitual offender that committed a road crime and who has not taken it seriously,” said Varinder. “Ravinder Binning has not taken any accountability.”
“I question how a person is to be reintegrated into society if they haven’t received any rehabilitation, nor have they started the journey to rehabilitation.”