Letter: Legal outcome of fatal crash is 'a complete travesty'


Re: KTW’s front-page article of July 10 (‘Driver who killed motorcyclist gets absolute discharge’):

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The B.C. Review Board’s decision to grant an absolute discharge to Raymond Swann, who ran down and killed Brian Watson near Chase in 2016, is a complete travesty and contravenes the mores of our society.

How can a lack of sleep, a voluntary overuse, then subsequent withdrawal of meds constitute a successful defence even if medical experts were involved?

With an original charge of murder (later reduced to criminal negligence causing bodily harm), the Crown and the RCMP must have seen some criminal behaviour.

The result should have been some sort of jail time or at least a loss of driving privileges — anything that sends a better message.

Something is very wrong here and I am reminded of the saying, “All people are created equal, but some are more equal than others”.

Noel Summers


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