AFTER going 101 km/hour above the posted 80 km/hour limit, a 49-year-old man from Langley driving a 2005 Ferrari F430 was pulled over by Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit police officers on April 19 in Surrey.
“Despite the driver’s extremely excessive speed, the real surprise for officers was when they saw a young child in the vehicle with the man,” said Cpl. Robert McDonald on Thursday. “I don’t know how someone could put a child at risk like that.”
The Ferrari was travelling Southbound on 176th Street at 32nd Avenue, and the vehicle was pulled over without incident. The driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed ($483) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.
“What’s more, the driver admitted to police that he was aware that very intersection was the scene of the horrific motor vehicle accident where an entire family lost their lives,” said McDonald.
LAST year, the driver of a mini-van who had a medical condition hit a car broadside at that very intersection on April 28 at 11 a.m.
Gurmit “Jolly” Sachdeva of Surrey lost his wife, son, daughter, mother and sister in the horrific crash that Surrey RCMP said was one of the worst they had seen in 20 years. Sachdeva, who runs Sachdeva Sweets and Restaurant in 7500 Scott Plaza, also had twin babies who were not involved in the crash. His sister had a husband and two teenage children. The family were returning from a prayer service and were to celebrate their son’s fifth birthday
The five family members who died: Sachdeva’s daughter Jessica Sachdeva, 3, son Annish Sachdeva, 5, wife Pawandeep Arjot, 31, who was driving, sister Neelam Rani Dhingra, 47, and mother Vidya Wanti Sachdeva, 68. All died at the scene.
The crash was so horrific that debris lay scattered for some 150 metres.