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Family statements at B.C. hit-run driver sentencing

03/13/2012 05:31 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

The man accused in a hit and run crash that killed an elderly Surrey couple will be sentenced later this week after after the court heard the victims' family's impact statements Tuesday.

Dilbag Badh and his wife Bakshish, both in their early sixties, were killed on their way back from a family marriage engagement, when Ravinder Binning's car crashed into the back of their vehicle in 2008.

Daughter Varinder Badh, who was in the car at the time and suffered serious injuries in the crash, read her victim impact statement on Tuesday and said she is hoping Binning gets a long sentence.

"I am hoping that some federal penitentiary time will be given to Ravinder Binning. Justice will be...it will never be enough. It just won't be fulfilled for my mom and dad," she said.

Police had always known it was Binning's car that was involved in the crash, but as it was left at the scene, they had spent four years trying to prove he was the person driving it.

Finally, Binning surprised the court on the eve of his trial in February, by pleading guilty to all charges, including two counts of dangerous driving causing death, one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and one count of fleeing from the scene of a crash.

The Crown is now asking for five years in prison and a lifetime ban on driving.

Varinder's sister, Rupi Badh, who also read her victim impact statement on Tuesday, explained outside court that it's important Binning knows what he has put her family through.

"Yes, it was hard for me to force myself up there, but I knew that mom and dad would be happy that I did that just so that I knew he was listening, even though he doesn't care," she said.

In December, Binning also pleaded guilty to impaired driving in a separate case.

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