Brent Parent was enraged when a pickup truck tried to pass him on the road. Instead of letting it pass, he toyed with the vehicle, repeatedly slamming on his brakes and finally forced it off the road.

When three people disembarked the damaged vehicle, Parent turned his truck around and returned to run over one of the passengers, killing 21-year-old Silas O'Brien.

In a road-rage case that stunned Canada, Parent was convicted earlier this month of criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. The British Columbia resident was given a five-and-a-half-year sentence and a 12-year driving ban.

"It's more or less what we expected," Rodger O'Brien, the victim's father, told reporters after the sentence. "We feel that it's a sentence that will likely not be appealed, so it's all good."
Authorities had sought an eight-year prison sentence and 15-year ban. Parent, 43, had 64 prior driving infractions on his driving record.

Road-rage episodes are hard for automotive experts to quantify and study, but motorists believe they are on the rise. In a survey from the Automobile Association Driver Education Foundation, 62 percent of respondents said they felt the behavior of their fellow drivers had changed for the worst in recent years.

Only 2 percent said it had changed for the better.

A study from the AAA Foundation that analyzed more than 10,000 suspected road rage incidents over the past seven years found that at least 218 deaths and 12,610 injuries had been caused by road-rage incidents.





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      mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      you are kidding me this guy needs to die , run his fat ass over , what a sh----ty sentence HE SHOULD DIE WHAT A PURE JACK ASS, he killed a young man ran him oc=ver and only facing 5 years whats wrong with this fu---ing world
      mountainlora
      • 3 Years Ago
      Criminal NEGLIGENCE? It was clearly intentional, and clearly anyone would know it would most likely end in death. First degree murder should be the charge, period.
      m113d
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should have just shot the a-hole driver and let the rodents feed on his dead carcass!
        joemaf21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @m113d
        That's how alot of us would gladly react, but the Gov't has "Rules" that they happen to break daily... look at what their doing, their violating our rights to make money...
      • 3 Years Ago
      very few realize.....we're all in this together
      euphraetes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like your atypical Tea Bagger. Does Canada have baggers? Maybe he was an illegal bagger.
      Veronica
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, does the ban start before or after his prison term?
      pgelwick
      • 3 Years Ago
      He made a conscious decision to totally turn around and go back and run over the passenger ?? and that's not murder ??? 50 years sounds better to me.
      srqhalfpint
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is he even alive after all this..that guy should be put to death.
      • 3 Years Ago
      64 driving offenses between 16 and 43 and he's still driving, it was murder, life without parole would be a better sentence.
      • 3 Years Ago
      are you kidding???? What were the other 64 infractions for? it took the death of a person for the Dept of Transportation or the state to take away his license? and the ban hurts his ability for income? BULLSHIT!!! its called walking, taking the bus, taxi, or subway!!! This dude, like so many others, need to have their drivers license revoked for life!!! DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT!!!
      Welcome honey
      • 3 Years Ago
      You are very pathetic ceramicshack ,in your country people get 20 years for warning shoot in the air..Canada is free democratic country...
        Moonshi14
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Welcome honey
        And ur country lets killers go.
        Moonshi14
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Welcome honey
        Canada? Seriously? ahahahahahahah HAVE IT!!!!!! People are always jumping the border for canada ahahahahahahahsa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only 5 years? My nephew was killed by a drunk driver with a criminal record 63 pages long! He only got 6 years if he gets no infractions. Fortunately for a lot of people, he did get an infraction so he then got 8 years. My nephew is doing life (6 ft under). My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of this young man. Hopefully the justice system will find a way to weed out the drunks and road rage people of these 2 countries!
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