Edmonton

Drunk driver sentenced 3 1/2 years for killing Agnes Morgan

A drunk driver who killed a 77-year-old woman was sentenced to 3½ years in jail. The woman was described as a tireless volunteer who donated her time to sitting on church committees, helping the food bank and delivering hats and mittens to the homeless.

Sivakumar Devarajah failed to take full responsibility for his actions, judge says

'No closure here'

Edmonton

5 years ago
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Cijay Morgan speaks with reporters after drunk driver Sivakumar Devarajah was sentenced for killing her mother Agnes Morgan 0:49
A drunk driver who killed a 77-year-old woman at an Edmonton crosswalk was sentenced to 3½ years in jail Wednesday.
Sivakumar, or "Cumar" Devarajah, 56, listened to victim impact statements in court in August. (CBC)

Agnes Morgan , 77, was crossing 156th Street in a marked crosswalk when she was fatally struck by a left-turning truck at 110th Avenue in February 2013.

Morgan was described as a tireless volunteer who donated her time to sitting on church committees, helping the food bank and delivering hats and mittens to the homeless.

Sivakumar, or Cumar, Devarajah failed to take full responsibility for his actions, said Justice Don Manderscheid, of Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench.

"I urge you to take full responsibility for who you are and what you have done," he said.

The sentence falls between the four years sought by the Crown and three years urged by the defence.

Devarajah hugged his daughter as she wept before he was taken away by sheriffs.

Outside of court, Morgan's daughter Cijay Morgan said there can be no closure if Devarajah does not take responsibility for his actions.

"There was always an excuse; there was always something and the judge swatted those aside," Morgan said.

While Morgan recognized no sentence could bring her mother back, she said 3 ½ years is not enough time for killing someone. 

"Three and half years should be what you get for being caught for drinking and driving," she said. "Don't wait until someone is killed."

Manderscheid urged Devarajah to take advantage of programs available to him while in prison and counselling upon his release so he's not a danger to others.

He also offered his condolences to Morgan's family, saying the loss goes beyond family and friends. The community has lost someone "the likes of which are few and far between," he said.

Agnes Morgan is shown volunteering with the Salvation Kettle Drive at Westmount Shopping Centre in December 2010. (Bruce Edwards/Courtesy of the Edmonton Journal)

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