Kassandra Kaulius age 22 was a kind loving young girl who was the youngest child of the Kaulius family. She was always smiling and she loved life. She was always up to try a new sport whether it is water skiing, riding quads and she loved watching Hockey. 

 

Kassandra was a bright beautiful young woman who lived in Surrey BC. She was an all- star athlete who played Basketball, Volleyball and she was a Pitcher on the Surry Storm Senior Ladies Softball Team and an Assistant Coach on the Surrey Storm 98 A girls team. She was competitive and she gave 100 % to everything she did. She was a best friend to everyone and she could light a room with her smile. She attended College in Florida and Texas on Scholarships that she received and then came back home to Canada to finish her degree. She was working 2 jobs putting her through school and was attending the University of the Fraser Valley studying to become a Teacher. She loved children and wanted to make a difference in their lives by being a Teacher and encourage them to be the best that they could be.

 

On May 3rd, 2011 Kassandra attended University and wrote Exams. Later that day she when out to Coach her Surrey Storm 98A girls softball team as they were going to participate in a Tournament in a few days. A few hours later she went on to play Softball and pitch on her own Surrey Storm Senior Ladies team.

KASSANDRA'S STORY

About 10:00 o’clock that night she was driving home and was just 3 blocks from home, when she stopped at the intersection of 152nd Street and 64th Avenue in Surrey BC to wait to make a left hand turn. Her Coach was in the car beside her and he waved goodbye as the light turned green and he drove through the intersection. As the left hand turn lane light turned green Kassandra pulled out slightly into the intersection and waited until cars passed so she could make a left hand turn.

 

A speeding Van came down the curb lane on a red light that had been red for 12 seconds. The Van got airborne as it drove over railroad tracks and it crashed into Kassandra’s driver’s side door striking Kassandra at 103 Km an hour. Kassandra’s car was sent spinning up and over a meridian and landed about 1000 feet going in the opposite direction. The driver stopped the Van she was driving, got out and walked up to see Kassandra’s dying. The Van driver then took off running and fled the scene of the collision.

 

We later learned from the Police that there were many witnesses and a gentleman out walking his dog saw the collision happen and saw the driver run away. He chased after the driver and after a few minutes looking around the woods he saw a blue light from a cell phone off in the bushes. He followed the light and reached down to grab the driver and found a very impaired woman hiding from the Police that had just arrived. He yelled for their assistance and the RCMP arrested the driver. She was placed under arrest and was taken to the RCMP Detachment and given a Breathalyzer test. The driver was found to be impaired and was twice over the legal limit to drive. An investigation was done and criminal charges were laid 10 months later.

 

A year later in Court the our family learned that the accused driver sent a text to her boyfriend while hiding in the bushes and he told her to run from the collision and throw away the Van keys and they would report the Van as stolen.

 

In 2012 the accused pled guilty and received a sentence of 37 months in prison. After only 7 months in jail she applied and received escorted day parole. At 11 months into her sentence she applied for full parole. She was denied parole and served another 12 months in jail. After serving only 18 months in prison she received her full statutory release from prison.

 

Our family was left devastated and we went looking for support and assistance but couldn’t really find any help that was helpful to us. Three months later we founded the Families For Justice Society. It started with meeting 7 other families and it was comforting to meet with other people who totally understood what we were going through as they had lost loved ones as well to impaired drivers. Most people try to understand what it would be like to lose a child or loved one but it is not like losing someone to an illness.

 

When a child or loved one is killed by an impaired driver, it feels like a vehicular homicide.

 

Our innocent loved ones were just out driving and we believe that all Canadians deserve the right to get home safely at the end of the day. As of 2016 Families For Justice now consists of 125 families who they too have lost a child or loved one to an impaired driver in Canada.

 

We provide emotional support and offer other resource information to assist families across Canada. Families For Justice have been working with the Federal Government to implement tougher Impaired Driving Laws in Canada.

 

Over the past 6 years there have been over 5000 people killed and thousands more have been injured due to the reckless actions of impaired drivers in Canada. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one to an impaired driver or are in need of support please call 1 604-574-0228 or email us at familiesforjustice@shaw.ca.

Markita Kaulius
President
Families For Justice