Judge reserves bail decision for man charged in fatal taxi crash

The daughter of taxi driver Amritpal Kharbanda protests the release of the man charged in his death. May 29, 2015. Gary Bobrovitz / Global News

CALGARY- A judge has reserved decision until Wednesday in a bail hearing for a young man charged with impaired driving causing death.

Twenty-year-old Ali Montoya faces a total of six charges, including criminal negligence causing death and impaired driving causing death. Montoya allegedly hit a cab on May 2, killing taxi driver Amritpal Kharbanda and his 25-year-old fare, Jillian Lavallee.

The families and friends of the victims held a protest outside the Calgary Courts Centre on Friday, protesting Montoya’s possible release from custody.

“Our fight is on the justice side of it, we’re looking for our fed government to put in mandatory minimums,” said Sheri Arsenault, with Families for Justice. “Right now there is no deterrent [for this crime] and every day, here we are at the court house, supporting another family.”
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Kharbanda leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

“I don’t know how I’m going to bring them up without him, without his support,” said his wife, Harpreet Kharbanda, in a previous interview with Global News.

Lavallee’s parents, Dan and Brenda, remembered their youngest daughter as a “bright, complex girl who loved life, loved travel and absolutely and loyally loved her friends and family” in a statement.

Lavallee’s parents are raising money for Kharbanda’s family and MADD, and are asking for donations through the Jillian Lavallee Legacy Fund.

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With files from Gary Bobrovitz