Street racer gets conditional sentence for deadly crash

BARRIE, Ont. — A 20-year-old who pleaded guilty to street racing causing death, which claimed the life of trucker David Virgoe last June, was given a conditional sentence to be served at home.

One of three suspects charged with the street racing crash, Nauman Nusrat will be under house arrest for the next two years and will have a lifetime ban on driving.

While Ontario Trucking Association president David Bradley is out of the province, he did provide a statement condemning the sentence as nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

“This sentencing is reflective of society’s overall lack of concern with speeding. Whether you are behind the bench or behind the wheel, we need to take speeding more seriously. Just as at one time there was a permissive attitude towards drinking and driving, people’s attitudes towards speeding need to change so that it is no longer a socially acceptable behavior.

“The fact that the police have literally caught thousands of people under the new street racing laws in just the past few months shows just how many people don’t take speeding seriously. We need to end the societal indifference to speeding.”

Virgoe was driving his rig along Highway 400 last June when he swerved to avoid a collision after being cut off by a trio of speeding cars.

The 48-year-old from Innisfil, Ont., was praised as a hero for veering off the highway to avoid oncoming traffic by police officers attending the scene and was nominated posthumously for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award for his selfless action.

Hearings for the other two people charged in the accident are to begin this month.

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