A man who pleaded guilty for his role in a horrific crash that killed two boys in Coquitlam and left another paralyzed will continue to drive.
A B.C. provincial court judge has sentenced Ryan John Stewart Miller to pay a $1,500 fine and victim surcharge for driving without due care and attention as part of his sentence.
Miller, 31, did not receive any driving prohibition, which Crown was asking for.
He entered a guilty plea on Monday in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court.
In reading her decision, Judge Shehni Dossa noted Miller's remorse, guilty plea and lack of criminal record for forming part of her decision.
"Calling this case tragic is an understatement," the judge said, adding no money can address the loss of life.
The crash occurred on Nov. 29, 2008, when an eastbound minivan driven by the boys' mother, Maria Moeller, stopped in the HOV lane of Highway 1 in Coquitlam because the cab of the vehicle had started to fill with smoke.
Police said at the time the smoke was visible to other vehicles in the area.
Around 9 a.m., a BMW SUV driven by Miller and travelling illegally in the HOV lane plowed into the rear-end of the stopped vehicle, which had its hazard lights on, according to police.
The BMW spun 90 degrees and was hit by a third vehicle, also travelling eastbound in the HOV lane, police said.
The driver of the third vehicle was also seriously injured.
Under the Motor Vehicle Act, a driver found guilty of the offence could face a maximum fine of $2,000, six months in jail, or both.
© Copyright 2013