60 year-old Carl Young was killed in a Saanich crash March 21, 2015.
Lori Ritchie’s friend Carl Young was killed by an alleged drunk driver who will not face charges in the crash.
“I just don’t understand how a dead body, open liquor in a van in the driver’s side door, a cooler full of booze in the back, blood alcohol twice the legal limit, I just don’t understand how someone can walk away from that” said Ritchie in an interview with CHEK News.
60 year-old Carl Young was a passenger in a van on the night of March 21st 2015, when it went off Old West Saanich Road hitting a tree. Young was killed instantly while the driver was taken to hospital and survived.
“I was devastated. I wasn’t surprised who was driving the vehicle. The gentleman who was driving the vehicle had a driving record going back to 1977 for alcohol related offences” said Ritchie who also knew the driver as an acquaintance.
CHEK News can not name the driver because he was never charged and now Crown Counsel says he will not be charged because there is not a strong likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered.
“In this case we are not able to be convinced that the available evidence supported charges either under the Criminal Code or the Motor Vehicle Act” said Dan McLaughlin, spokespersons for the Criminal Justice Branch.
McLaughlin would not comment on where the evidence falls short but it is believed to be around the blood samples taken from the driver.
“Carl wasn’t a perfect person, he made a bad choice getting into that vehicle but he was a good man, he was kind-hearted, his doors were open to anyone that needed help” said Ritchie.
In fact Carl Young left his home, property and life insurance policy totalling over $500,000.00 to the Victoria Cool Aid Society that helps the homeless. A portion of the proceeds will go to helping pets of the homeless.
Young’s dog Turbo was killed in the crash as well.
“Carl has nobody left to fight for him so I took it upon myself to be the one to stick up for him and make sure Carl didn’t die in vain” added Ritchie.
Ritchie is hoping to have the case re-opened and has started a petition at Change.org.
You can find a link to the petition here.