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Daughter angry that careless driver who killed mother avoided jail sentence

On September 28, 2020, 73-year-old Sarah Lutgens was hit by a car driven by Qiaojun Chen on West 10th Avenue and Sasamat St. and died.

Sarah Lutgens (left) and daughter Ruth Lutgens in the summer of 2020. Family photo.
Sarah Rutgens (left) and her Daughter Ruth Ruthgens Family photo. Photo by credit: Photo courtesy of Ruth L. /jpg

She is careless at an intersection in Vancouver.

Ruth Lutgens has questioned an incident involving her mother, 73-year-old Sarah Lutgens. She was hit and killed on West 10th Street by a car driven by Qiaojun Chen. Sasamat street, September 28, 2020.

Chen pleaded guilty to driving carelessly and carelessly under the Motor Vehicle Act and last month was fined $1,800, 18 months probation, and he was sentenced to a year's driving ban. I was. Ban.

The victim, a mother of five children, was on the south sidewalk of West 10th Street at the time of the accident, heading east toward Sassamat Street.

Chen, a 42-year-old mother of her two children who lived a few blocks from the scene of the accident, drove her car west down West 10th Street. was doing.

The district court heard that as Chen approached an intersection with a pedestrian-controlled traffic light, he noticed a yellow light.

Before entering the intersection and turning left, she also notices that the traffic light has turned red, and she proceeds through the intersection unaware of Rutgens as she crosses the street. I was.

Chen's car crashed into Rutgens, knocking her to the ground. When she hit Rutgens, she was shocked by the action, neglected to brake due to the shock, and passed her. A video showed her driving unremarkably before an intersection.

There was no evidence of violent or reckless disregard for the rules of the road before the intersection, and no drugs or alcohol were believed to be involved. Speed ​​doesn't seem to be an important factor.

The victim was taken to hospital but pronounced dead.

Ruth Ruthgens, her 37-year-old mother of three children in Paris, France, told The Postmedia that Crown's decision to indict Cheng for motor vehicle crimes instead of criminal offences. said he had doubts about

"But there are also deep-seated concerns about how permissive and unjust the process is. And, frankly, it creates a very dangerous environment in Vancouver."


During the proceedings, Lutgens made a statement to the victim explaining that her mother meant "everything" to her and the rest of her family, and that the fatal collision changed her life forever. I read the impact statement.

"Qiaojun Chen took her mother from me, her brothers and sisters, her children and her husband," she said. "I couldn't eat. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't take care of myself or my children."

rather than criminal prosecution. B. The prosecutor's office did not immediately respond on Tuesday when asked for comment on the decision to proceed with the motor vehicle offense.

If you do, no ruling can remedy the pain your family felt or caused in any way.

``The criminal justice system was never designed to do that.

The judge imposed conditions on probation that included Chen, who had no previous driving or criminal record, undergoing a corrective driving course following a driving ban.

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