Driver in crash that killed Vancouver Whitecaps prospect Brandon Bassi gets 21 months in prison

DILPREET Sandhu, 20, was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in jail in connection with the May 18, 2019 single-vehicle crash in Surrey’s Newton that killed first-year SFU student and Vancouver Whitecaps prospect Brandon Bassi, 19.

The collision at the intersection of 122 Street and 78 Avenue resulted in injuries to four of the vehicle’s occupants. Three individuals, two males and a female, were transported to hospital in serious condition. One of them, Bassi, succumbed to his injuries. A fourth individual, a male, was transported to hospital in non-serious condition. Two individuals fled the scene on foot but were later identified.

On June 1, 2020, eight charges were laid against Sandhu, including dangerous driving causing death, and fail to remain causing death.

Sandhu, who was 18 at the time of the crash, got 18 months for dangerous driving causing death and three months for leaving the scene of an accident. He also received 15 months for dangerous driving causing bodily harm, to be served concurrently.

Sandhu was also sentenced to two years of probation and received a three-year driving prohibition.

Following Bassi’s death, SFU Athletics website had put up the following message: “Simon Fraser University, its men’s soccer program and our students and student-athletes are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brandon Bassi, a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a member of the men’s soccer team.

“Brandon was an outstanding athlete, a caring teammate, and an inspirational young man. His loss will be felt deeply by the SFU community. We offer our sincere condolences to the Bassi family and to everyone who knew Brandon and was touched by his passion, his empathy and his friendship.”