No jail time for 2 men charged in taxi driver's death
Twomen who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing deathin connection with a high-speed collision that killed a Toronto cab driver will not spend time behind bars.
Wang-Piao Dumani Ross and Alexander Ryazanov, both 20,were originally charged with criminal negligence in the caseinvolving Tahir Khan, who died in January 2006, days before he was set to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen.
On Tuesday, the twoweregiven conditional sentences of two years less a day to be served in the community.Their sentences also include:
- Two years probation.
- 12 months of house arrest.
- 150 hours of community service.
- Bans from driving for four years.
Ross and Ryazanov wereeach speeding in their parents' luxury cars on Mount Pleasant Road when one of theirvehicles collided with a taxi.
Khan, a 46-year-old immigrant from Pakistan, was turning left whenthe Mercedes-Benz driven by Ryazanovstruck his vehicle, slamming it into a light pole.Khan died at the scene.
Witnesses saw the two men travelling at speeds of up to130 and 140 kilometres an houron a road witha 60 km/h speed limit.
Ryazanov's lawyer, Todd White, said it would have been an "outrage" if the two men had been sent to jail considering "there's no suggestion, no hint of alcohol, no hint of drugs, their ability to operate their motor vehicles was not impaired by anything."
David Humphrey, the lawyerfor Ross, said his client appreciated that he was facing potentially serious consequences.
"Is he happy? No. Is he relieved that he's going to be serving a conditional sentence? Yes, he is," said Humphrey.
The two former private school classmates were accused of street racing but Ross's lawyer said they were only speeding.
Khanhad been working in Canada for several years to support his extended family in Pakistan and had finally saved enough money to bring his wife to Canada.