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.
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.
With files from Gary Bobrovitz