Man sentenced in car surfing death

The man who was behind the wheel in a fatal Kelowna car surfing incident has finally been sentenced.

Christopher Gerald Bezaire of Estevan, Sask pleaded guilty last October to a charge of criminal negligence causing death,  and court records show that on March 28 he was sentenced to three years of probation and told to play a $5,000 fine.

The penalty relates back to a fatal decision Bezaire made in June of 2011. He had travelled to Kelowna for longtime friend Jody Rud's birthday and along with some other friends, they went camping.

At some point the decision was made for Rud to get on the roof of his Pontiac Sunfire, which was driven by Bezaire, for some car surfing, said Const. Steve Holmes in the days following the event.

Shortly after 1 a.m., June 11, Bezaire lost control and the car rolled down an embankment 10 kilometres up  Bear Main Forest Service Road.

Rud, who had made a name for himself during his years at UBC Okanagan for doing everything from organizing Remembrance Day ceremonies to working on homelessness initiatives, was thrown from the roof of the car and died at the scene.

At the time, police said alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.

In honour of Rud's memory, a scholarship was established to provide financial support to social work students at the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work.




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