British Columbia

Street racer should be jailed, says prosecutor

The Crown is asking that a street racer who caused the death of a Richmond RCMP officer in September 2002 be sent to jail for up to three years.

The Crown is asking that a street racer who caused the death of a Richmond RCMP officer in September 2002 be sent to jail for up to three years.


Stuart Chan

Stuart Chan pleaded guilty in June to criminal negligence causing the death of Constable Jimmy Ng, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ng died when his patrol car was broadsided by a car driven by Chan, who had just run a red light at 130 kilometres an hour.

Chan's friend, David Guan, then drove him away from the crash site. Guan has already been sentenced to three years probation.


Jimmy Ng

The Crown says Chan should go to jail for two to three years because he intentionally took risks in speeding and running the red light.

The defence is asking for a conditional sentence, saying Chan already spent 45 days in jail as well as several months of house arrest.

Chan's lawyer also says his client has matured since the accident, and is working up to seven days a week as a chef to help support his family.


Therese and Christopher Ng
Const. Ng's parent made victim impact statements. His mother Therese cried as she told the court Jimmy was her soul, and that all her joy has been taken from her.

Ng's father, Christopher, told the judge that Jimmy was their only son – and he says there will now be no one to care for him and his wife when they get old.

Meanwhile, a written statement from Chan was read to the court. He says he's very sorry for his actions that night, but does not expect forgiveness.

The sentencing hearing is expected to wrap up on Friday.

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