Fen Shi, 75, was struck and killed by driver Ann Wyganowski while walking along Bayview Ave. Sept. 10, 2012.
TORONTO - A life should be worth more than a $400 fine. Carelessly killing a pedestrian should warrant more than a simple conviction under the Highway Traffic Act.
But thanks to a plea bargain, that's all Ann Wyganowski received Thursday for striking and then running over Fen Shi, a beloved grandmother simply walking along a Bayview Ave. sidewalk on a clear September day last year.
"I just can't believe it," said Shi's shaken son, John Pan. "The fine is only $400 -- for a life. Can you believe that?"
Her lawyer even wanted to deny the woman's son from reading aloud his victim impact statement because his client is undergoing counselling and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. "It's been tragic for her as well," her counsel insisted.
Through his tears, Shi's son John Pan was allowed to deliver his statement.
"There are so many nights that I woke up from a dream of my mom and then I had to quietly walk to the bathroom, close the door and cry the sadness out of me," he said. "She not only killed my mom, but also injured my whole family."
But he was shaking with anger as justice of the peace Alfred Johnston not only accepted the plea deal, but had the nerve to chastise him for saying the driver had "killed" his mom. And then he went further. "The defendant," Johnston opined, "has suffered just as much as the family."