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Fatal road rage driver had 64 driving offences

04/28/2012 12:10 EDT | Updated 06/27/2012 05:12 EDT

A Langley, B.C., man convicted in a deadly 2008 road rage incident has a driving record riddled with dozens of infractions, a sentencing hearing heard Friday.

The court was told that Brent Parent, who was behind the wheel of his pickup truck when he struck 21-year-old Silas O'Brien, has racked up 64 driving offences — including five roadside prohibitions — over the past 25 years.

O'Brien was in a vehicle with friends on a rural Langley road in March 2008, when Parent ran them off the road. Parent then turned around and struck O'Brien, who had gotten out of his car.

Parent did not stop and left the scene, prompting a 10-month police investigation before he was charged.

The Crown prosecutor is recommending that Parent spend eight years in prison and be barred from driving for 15 years.

Parent’s lawyer, Vincent Michaels, is asking for a sentence of three to four years in prison and 42-month driving ban.

The court also heard from Silas O'Brien's father, Roger O’Brien, who broke down in tears as he read his victim impact statement.

Parent also wept quietly as the statement was being read.

Michaels said Parent is getting ready to go to prison and has given up his business.

"He's ashamed and will live with the knowledge for the rest of his life that he's caused a death," Michaels said.

O'Brien’s family has filed a lawsuit against Parent, seeking damages up to $500,000.

Parent will be sentenced May 10.

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