Drunk Indian driver Jaikar Gill responsible for dead cabbie

Jail sentence for drunk driver who killed cabbie

By IAN ROBERTSON, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: April 9, 2010 5:47pm

Drunk driver Jaikar Gill was sentenced to 23 months in jail for causing a three-car pileup that killed a cabbie (SUN FILE PHOTO)

BRAMPTON — A security guard who drove drunk through a red light — causing a three-car pileup that killed a cabbie — was sentenced Friday to 23 months in jail.

Balwinder Gill, 50, a married father of two sons, died before flames ripped through his taxi, Crown prosecutor Sean Doyle told Judge Elliott Allen at a recent pre-sentencing hearing for Jaikar Gill, a student who was only briefly in custody.

Now 20 and not related to the cabbie, he was originally charged with a dozen offences after the fatal crash last June 5 at Dixie Rd. and Bovaird Ave.

The confessed drunk driver pleaded guilty three months ago to impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

The T-bone collision threw a 21-year-old woman out of the taxi.

She told the court March 18 that her injuries – physical and psychological – are still being treated.

The driver of a third car hit by the careening wrecks also presented a victim impact statement describing his injuries, continuing trauma and loss of his vehicle, which also caught fire.

Judge Allen said he was impressed by Gill’s genuine remorse, only minor traffic record and especially his willingness “to accept responsibility” for what happened.

He also took into account that the jail term avoids an automatic deportation for the native of India after serving a longer prison term.

Gill’s other charges were withdrawn.

In addition to jail, he was banned from driving for 20 years.

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