Relief and anger over sentence for woman who killed two Pitt Meadows youth

Debbie Dyer and Audrey de Oliveira want stiffer sentences for drivers that kill.

There is disappointment in the sentence but a certain sense of relief for the mothers of two youth killed in a tragic accident in Pitt Meadows in 2010.

Tuesday morning a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced Andelina Hecimovic to 90 days in jail to be served two days a week.

The judge also ruled that Hecimovic must also perform 120 hours of community service and two years probabion.

She also received a three-year driving ban.

Hecimovic was convicted of dangerous driving causing the deaths of 21-year-old Johnny de Oliveira and his 19-year-old girlfriend Rebecca (Beckie) Dyer who were on their way home from a Justin Bieber concert.

She was driving her Toyota in a right-turn-only lane when she crossed the intersection of Harris Road and Lougheed Highway on a red light.

“Obviously taking two lives means nothing nowadays in the court system,” said Debbie Dyer who was upset over the sentence.

“I just kind of figured if you take two lives there should be some sort of repercussions for your actions,” she said.

Dyer was hoping Hecimovic would get what the Crown had asked for which was 18 to 20 months jail time and a three-year driving prohibition to be served in aggregate to the sentence.

She said her daughter could do 120 hours of community service in two months flat.

“It’s all over but the crying,” Dyer said adding that a harsher sentence wouldn’t bring them back, but it would be a deterrent to others in the future.

“Maybe somebody else wouldn’t drive like that of they know they are going to get a penalty for doing so. This is a walk in the park,” she continued.

Audrey de Oliveira was also disappointed with the sentence but she is willing to move on.

“I was upset because I figured my purpose was to keep fighting and I just feel like I failed,” she said pausing to stifle her tears.

Dyer and de Oliveira wanted a precedent setting sentence.

De Oliveira is hoping that the jail term will feel like a long time for Hecimovic.

She believes that Hecimovic is going to have a rude awakening when she goes through the prison system.

Dyer is starting a letter writing campaign to the federal government asking for stiffer sentences that de Oliveira is planning to join.

The are also planning another fundraiser in their children’s memory to benefit victim’s services.

The worst they say is that to this day they don’t believe Hecimovic has shown any remorse.

“She is sorry that it happened but we all are sorry that it happened. You can say that you are sorry but meaning the apology is a different thing,” said Dyer.

“If she was truely remorseful she would have pled guilty from the beginning,” Dyer continued.

De Oliveira wants to thank all the witnesses that went through the trial.

Especially the man who tried to help their children that night.

De Oliveira wasn’t able to make that portion of the trial and never had the opportunity to thank him in person, although she would like to in the future.

“They visualized it. We weren’t there,” she said crying.

“And as a mother, I wish I was there to say goodbye.”

Maple Ridge News

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