Brent Parent and his girlfriend arrived at the New Westminster courthouse during the course of his trial in the 2008 death of Abbotsford resident Silas O’Brien. Parent is appealing a 12-year driving ban.

Silas O’Brien death driver appeals 12-year driving ban

Lawyer argues penalty will make it tough for Brent Parent to find work

Brent Parent was in the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver on Monday hoping to reduce his driving ban.

Parent, 43, is appealing his 12-year driving ban which begins after he is released from jail.

His lawyer will argue that the ban is too long and will make it difficult for Parent to find work.

In May 2012, a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced the Langley man to five and a half years behind bars and a 12-year driving ban for the 2008 hit and run death of 21-year-old Silas O’Brien.

In front of a full courtroom in New Westminster, Judge Terence Schultes said he wanted to strike a balance between the Crown’s request to see Parent go away for eight years and the defense’s suggestion of three to four years.

He also hoped that Parent would take advantage of anger management counselling that will be made available to him in jail.

Originally, Parent sought to have his sentence overturned and his conviction overturned as well. He filed his appeal with the Court of Appeal on June 4, 2012.

After Parent was sentenced, O’Brien’s father Rodger spoke to the media, saying the sentence was what he expected. Parent has 64 driving convictions and five driving suspensions. O’Brien said at the time that he didn’t think Parent would appeal the sentence.

In court, Parent said he was very sorry for “ruining a lot of people’s lives” but then asked that the judge not put him away for a “long time.”

In the early morning hours of March 13, 2008, O’Brien, and his two best friends were on their way to a Seattle airport, looking forward to their first vacation together to Hawaii.

Parent, who was driving a diesel Ford F350, became enraged when he thought that the Chevy Silverado O’Brien was riding in had deliberately flashed its high beams at him on 16 Avenue.

The judge said Parent refused to let them pass, causing the pickup carrying O’Brien and his friends off the road and into a ditch. Parent then returned to the scene, where he swerved towards the young men who were standing on the shoulder of the road, striking and killing O’Brien.

Just Posted

School district employee Anna Remenik runs for Township mayor

Anna Remenik spoke at a controversial Brookswood development plan in 2014 under the name Anna R.

Langley City mayoral candidate sued City over 2016 byelection results

Serena Oh plans to accept this year’s election results and said she has many voters lined up.

Distracted drivers targeted in Langley

A province-wide campaign took place to issue distracted drivers $368 tickets.

Clayton’s Salish Secondary seeing community spirit in first weeks

The new high school welcomed its first set of students on Sept. 4

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Man faces 8 charges after Vancouver carjacking, pepper-spray attacks

Jesse William Swain has been charged with assault with a weapon, robbery and dangerous driving

Sister of plane crash victim that went missing in B.C. starting support network

Tammy Neron wants to help families who are searching for missing people

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

Vancouver Whitecaps release head coach Carl Robinson

Assistant coach Martyn Pert and goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr are also out

Sketch released of man wanted for attack on taxi driver in Surrey

Assault happened on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 8

B.C. making progress on senior care staffing, Adrian Dix says

Minister aims to meet residential care provincial standard by 2021

Most Read