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Fine and probation given to driver in fatal 200 St. crash

One man died and a family of four were injured in this July 31, 2009 crash at 28 Avenue and 200 Street. Gordon Thomas Lothian, 29, was driving a landscaping truck that was struck by a vehicle driven by Nathan James Friesen. The Friesen vehicle went through a stop sign on 28 Avenue. Friesen was recently sentenced to two years probation, a $1,500 fine and 100 hours of community service.  - Monique Tamminga/Langley Times file photo
One man died and a family of four were injured in this July 31, 2009 crash at 28 Avenue and 200 Street. Gordon Thomas Lothian, 29, was driving a landscaping truck that was struck by a vehicle driven by Nathan James Friesen. The Friesen vehicle went through a stop sign on 28 Avenue. Friesen was recently sentenced to two years probation, a $1,500 fine and 100 hours of community service.
— image credit: Monique Tamminga/Langley Times file photo

The driver who caused a fatal crash at 28 Avenue and 200 Street on July 31, 2009 has received a fine and probation.

Nathan James Friesen, 22, had finished a graveyard shift at a warehouse and was driving home from work. At about 8:30 a.m., he ran through the stop sign at 28 Avenue.

His Chevrolet Cavalier struck a truck driven by 29-year-old Gordon Thomas Lothian, which flipped onto its side and spun into the northbound lane of 200 Street.

Lothian had recently started in business as a Jim’s Mowing franchisee, and was on his way to a job.

Another woman driving a Toyota Tacoma, travelling north on 200 Street, was unable to stop in time and collided with the roof of Lothian’s truck. She, her husband and their two children were on their way to a funeral.

Lothian was pronounced dead at the scene, and members of the family in the third vehicle were injured and taken to hospital.

Friesen has received a $1,500 fine and two years of probation. He must also perform 100 hours of community service and cannot drive for two years. A joint submission to Surrey Provincial Court Judge Michael Hicks noted that Friesen has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the crash and has shown “extreme remorse” over his actions.

Members of Lothian’s family provided victim impact statements to the court, telling the judge how the loss has affected them. The family are longtime Langley residents. Gordon Lothian was a Brookswood Secondary graduate.

To read the complete judgment, go to www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/judgments/pc/2011/04/p11_0418.htm.

The judgment was handed down on Dec. 15, but was released online last week.

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