According to a report in today’s Toronto Sun, one of the ‘street racers’ who caused the wreck that resulted in the death of professional driver David Virgoe was caught violating his bail conditions by operating a vehicle. (I use the term ‘racers’ loosely – to refer to them as racers actually does a disservice to those who participate in the sport of racing responsibly in a controlled evironment).
I don’t think I even need to give Virgoe’s back story any more – his name is synonymous with professionalism and heroism after he steered his truck into the ditch along Hwy. 400 a couple summers ago to avoid hitting other motorists as two young drivers engaged in street racing.
The bail violation will cost Prabhjit Multani’s parents $60,000 of the $80K they posted for his bail – and he’ll have to pay the rest when he’s able. Apparently the police were keeping an eye on him, so when he hopped into his parent’s van and took it for a spin, they were able to quickly pounce and enforce his bail conditions. While it’s disheartening that 22-year-old Multani showed such blatant disregard for Canada’s legal system, it’s nice to see the police were monitoring the kid and didn’t hesitate to nail him when he breached the terms of his bail.
The Sun article explained that Multani received a 21-month jail sentence as well as a 10-year driving ban. It also says Justice of the Peace Linda Kay warned him: “If you breach any of these conditions, your parents will lose that money.”
Yet he did it anyways – he made the decision to risk it all and drive. His parents are, by all accounts, hard-working immigrants who likely put up a good part of their life savings for their son’s bail in good faith. And now it’s gone. While you can’t help but feel for them, if this kid has any decency he’ll pay them back every cent over time. And there’s no sympathy owed to the younger Multani – none whatsoever.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies