Chilliwack Law Courts

Agassiz drunk driver who killed gets four years

Kenneth Richard Healey killed Agassiz resident Berend DeGroot in 2011

An Agassiz man was sentenced to four years in jail last Friday for a 2011 crash in Harrison Hot Springs that killed a motorcyclist.

Kenneth Richard Healey, 65, also received a 10-year driving ban in Supreme Court in Chilliwack after he was convicted of dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol over the legal limit.

On Sept. 11, 2011, Agassiz resident Berend DeGroot was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with Healey’s Mercury Sable, which was travelling in the opposite direction on Hot Springs Road.

After the crash, Healey was taken to hospital but later released.

The impaired driving convictions weren’t the first for Healey, according to online court records.

In 2005, he was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, having care or control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol content over .08 in Agassiz.

He was handed an $800 fine and a 12-month driving prohibition.

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