British Columbia

Vancouver street racer deported to India

A driver who killed a woman during a Vancouver street race in 2000 has been deported to India, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday.
Sukhvir Singh Khosa was convicted in 2002 in the street-racing death of 51-year-old Irene Thorpe in Vancouver. ((CBC))

A driver who killed a woman during a Vancouver street race in 2000 has been deported to India, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday.

Sukhvir Singh Khosa was ordered deported from Canada to India in April 2003 after he was convicted of criminal negligence causing the death of Irene Thorpe, 51, who he struck and killed in November 2000.

Khosa, a permanent resident who immigrated to Canada in 1996 at age 14 with his family, fought to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and filed a series of appeals. A Federal Court of Appeal decision allowed him to stay in the country, but the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the original deportation order last month.

Faith St. John, a CBSA spokeswoman in B.C., said Khosa boarded a plane and left Vancouver on Tuesday.

Bahadur Singh Bhalru, the co-accused in the street-racing death, was deported four years ago after being convicted of criminal negligence causing death.

Both Khosa and Bhalru received conditional sentences of two years less a day with house arrest, community service and a five-year driving ban.

In November 2000, Khosa was racing his car at more than 120 kilometres an hour in a 50 km/h zone when he lost control and slammed into Thorpe as she was out on an evening walk on a sidewalk along Marine Drive in south Vancouver.

With files from The Canadian Press