May 29, 2015 - RALLY FOR TAXI DRIVER AT FATAL DRUNK DRIVING BAIL HEARING

Taxi drivers and colleagues gathered at the Calgary courthouse Friday to honour one their own who was killed last month when his cab was hit by another vehicle.

 Amritpal Kharbanda, 46, and his passenger were killed when police say another vehicle blew a right light and crashed into the cab.

 20-year-old Ali Alajandro Montoya is charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death and was scheduled for a bail hearing early Friday afternoon.

 Kharbanda’s friend and colleague, Sukhim Sandhu, supervisor with Associated Taxi, said the death is hard on them and the family.

“He had two daughters and one wife, he was providing bread for the whole family,” Sandhu said. “There is nobody in the family now taking care of two small girls, he was in our company for the last two years, I knew him very well.”

 Satnam Shergill, vice-president with the Southern Alberta Taxi Fellowship, said cab drivers in Calgary are in constant fear of running into an impaired driver.

 “We don’t know who is going to come left or right to hit us or whatever, we are gravely concerned that there should be some strict laws for these kinds of people that they should be severely punished for that,” Shergill said.

 The group rallying outside the bail hearing said they’re want tougher laws and penalties for driving drunk and don’t think bail should be an option.

 Source: 660 News


 

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