Jail time and fine for killing motorcyclist
Oct 21, 2013 / 3:30 pm
The man accused of crashing his rented vehicle into a motorcycle, killing one rider and seriously injuring another, was handed jail time for his actions.
Mark Sameer Batraki, who pled guilty Monday morning, was sentenced to three months in jail, fined $1,500 and given a five year driving prohibition.
Batraki, in custody on an unrelated matter, will serve the jail time consecutive to his current situation.
It was last March when 38-year-old Batraki crashed a Jeep Grand Cherokee into the back of a motorcycle, pinning its two riders against a white van.
Jules Kreeft died at the scene as a result of blunt trauma; his wife Vivian received extensive injuries in the accident as well.
At one point, Batraki apologized to Vivian, who sat in the courtroom with her son and his family.
“I’m terribly, terribly sorry for what happened,” he said, turning to look at her and later wiping away tears.
“I wish there was more, or something I could do more. I’m terribly sorry and want you to know that.”
Outside the courthouse, Vivian told members of the media that she doesn’t hold any hard feelings towards Batraki, but still remembers everything about that day.
“I felt my husbands heart explode on me, I heard the sound,” she says, before recounting her own injures from March 20, 2012.
“I’ve got two broken hips, one’s been replaced, and the other one has be to replaced. I had four broken ribs – two in the back that were floating, my lung was torn and shifted over an inch, now I’m getting vertigo from it.”
Vivian’s son Danny realizes that nothing can bring his father back, but would still like to see longer driving prohibitions, bigger charges and Batraki prosecuted criminally.
“Knowing his past and stuff, money is going to be no object to come up with. So basically he’s getting a slap on the wrist as far as I’m concerned,” says Danny Kreeft.
“Driving with undo care and attention? You get that for hitting a guy in parking lot. He caused a death, involuntary manslaughter? Anything? There’s lots of charges out there. Unfortunately, the driving act protects people against that kind of stuff.”
At the time of the incident, and before he knew Kreeft had been killed, police say Batraki took responsibility for the accident.
“It was my fault, I was not paying attention,” he’s alleged to have told police. Once he was informed that Kreeft had not survived the crash, Batraki became visually upset, to the point that officers thought he might throw up.
No mechanical problems were found during inspection of the jeep, but police did find two cell phones in the vehicle.
Witnesses at the scene say they estimated he was driving between 30-60 kilometres per hour just before the impact.
Batraki’s driving record includes 25 convictions going back to 1994, including three for dangerous driving and he’s had his licence suspended on four other occasions. He was also given a speeding ticket in the months following the fatal crash.
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