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Ottawa stunt driver kills Mom and Dad

The title says it all. I struggled a bit with it. I did not want to give that individual any “credit” for what he has done but rather draw attention to what is becoming a very dangerous occurrence on our streets. Leo Paul and Sherry Regnier are dead. And they were killed by Simon Banke. Saying that it did not need to happen does not even come close to what needs to be said about this. It  could have been anyone. It could have been you. Or me. I have stood at that bus stop waiting for a bus. How many of you have done the same? That really does not matter but might bring it closer to home for those that have. This punk, idiot, A’hole, jerk was trying to be “something” and instead ended up killing two people. And also in the process stripped three children of their parents. What was it? The thrill of a skid? A Need for Speed drift turn? Was he a video game junkie and thought he could pull it off for real? Or was he just a drunk kid with too much power? I do not know. What I do know is that this murderer has also ended his own life. How many people and families have been affected by this on both sides? The charges he is/and will be facing will almost certainly result in most of his life spent behind bars. There is no happy ending here, but perhaps there is something that can be learned from it. What needs to change to stop this from happening?

Do we need to ban video games? Are the driving games like “Need for Speed” responsible for people thinking they can drive like maniacs and not hurt anyone? Or are we placing the blame in the wrong place? Why do we need vehicles capable of doing 0-60 in 2.6 seconds on our streets? Seriously for most of us, aside from the odd journey on a highway, we only need something that can go 40-80km. Next time you see an add for a car pay attention, how many times do they mention how fast it can go, how well it handles corners. The car involved in the aforementioned “accident” is a high performance car and belongs on a race track and not on city streets. That idea is going to cause some debate. Good.

On a radio program this morning it was also the topic in part, bad drivers. 100’s are killed every year by bad drivers. Speed is a factor in many cases, as is alcohol. Seems to me there is a simple solution. Every vehicle is equipped with a Breathalyzer and if you have been drinking then the car won’t start. I’m sure with a simple addition to the “computers” or GPS system available today cars can be “forced” to travel at or below the speed limit. We as a Society do not really need to be anywhere 4-5 minutes sooner and nothing is worth ending up dead, or killing someone, for kicks. What happened to these people is tragic, awful, and my heart goes out to the children who have lost their parents.

It was senseless. Just like this guy doing 140 km/h OVER the posted 80 km/h speed limit. What could possibly justify such a thing?

It does not have to happen again.

(picture by SCOTT TAYLOR Ottawa Sun)


September 20, 2010, 5:02 PM - Posted by | All News | , , , , , ,


  1. Very well put. But the “charges he is/and will be facing will almost certainly result in most of his life spent behind bars”? I doubt it. Knowing our pathetic judicial system, he will probably get probation and lose his licence for 6 months. If it were up to me to met out punishment, it would be life sentence with zero chance of parole. Or better still…..oh never mind.

    Three young girls are now orphans because of the brainless actions of some idiot and the obviously irresponsible upbringing by his idiot parents. AFAIC they are all at fault here.


    Comment by Dave | September 20, 2010, 5:50 PM | Reply

  2. Two lives snuffed out, four other lives ruined. Ban high-performance cars for anyone under the age of 25.


    Comment by GeorgeK | September 20, 2010, 6:26 PM | Reply

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting and associating with both Sherry & Leo on many occassions within the community in which they lived. Leo served on the community board of directors, a man who always made logical decisions with the best of intentions. Although I will have to admit, I did not get the time to know Leo & Sherry as much as I would have liked too. The impact of this unneeded tragedy is extremely devastating to their children, family members, friends, colleagues and fellow members of the community.
    No matter what the legal outcome will be,it could never replace the severity of loss.
    I would like to extend my deepest sympaties to Leo & Sherry’s children, parents, brothers, sisters and all other members of their families. They both will be dearly missed.
    I also would like to say to Simon Banke, the burden you now bare is light and the grief you face is a long road ahead. As anyone who has ever felt remorse for their actions, understands, it will be difficult road. Many will express anger towards you for your irresponsible actions and the decisions you made. Hopefully over the course of your life, you will make changes and take steps to make amends to the children who lost the most in this. Always keep in mind, it will never be enough; as what has occurred through this tragedy are the actions of someone who is thoughtless, irresponsible, and that of a person who can’t tell the difference from video games and what is seen on TV. Street racing is…plainly dumb & irresponsible.
    Gerald Palmer
    Int’l President & Founder
    Brothers Grim Motorcycle Club


    Comment by Gerald Palmer | September 20, 2010, 10:55 PM | Reply

  4. The driver accused of killing the couple is out on bail.


    Should he have been released?


    Comment by Beast | September 30, 2010, 8:41 PM | Reply

  5. Words cannot express the sorrow my wife and I feel for the loss those 3 young girls have had to endure, and it is just beginning for them. I cannot believe that young kid is out on bail. Since he is likely looking at 30 yrs or so behind bars what bet he skips the Country? Some of the previous comments have it right on. We need tougher penalties, slower vehicles, and better training. There is no need on city streets for a car to go 0-60 in 2.3 seconds. Why is it that a young person gets a G1 and then never sees an “official” from the transportation Dept till it’s time for the test? Mandatory driver training should be created and enforced.


    Comment by Beast | October 2, 2010, 11:11 AM | Reply

  6. Now it’s looking like the insurance will only pay a fraction of what the girls were supposed to get: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Joanne+Chianello+Policy+makes+orphans+victims+twice+over/5238143/story.html


    Comment by Catherine | August 11, 2011, 9:48 AM | Reply

  7. I found this article when researching Mr. Banke, and I agree that what happened is aweful and these events are very serious. However, you make some fairly strange leaps to the idea of banning video games and fast cars.

    Let’s continue in your logic. We should not stop with just vehicle deaths, let’s try to prevent all murders! Let’s install cameras in every home to watch everyone! If they’re not doing anything wrong, they shouldn’t want to hide!

    And for the record, I am very good friends with Mr. Banke, and this was an accident. His life has been destroyed by this incident. Put yourself in his shoes for a moment. If you slid on a wet road and killed two people, would YOU demand that since you were clearly evil, you should be incarcerated for all time? Of course not, you would wish for mercy.

    Have some compassion and don’t be so quick to condemn others when you have such a limited picture.


    Comment by Max | March 21, 2012, 10:35 AM | Reply

    • First, I did not say we should ban all video games and/or fast cars. And secondly, this was NOT an accident. Mr Banke was not driving responsibly and because of his actions and his actions alone 2 people are dead and 3 children have no parents. So what if the roads were wet? Driving the speed limit or even better UNDER the limit IF the roads were SO wet as to be unsafe as you claim would be proper. I have no doubt his life has been destroyed, but don’t dare ask or expect to have sympathy for him whilst thinking the damage he inflicted on innocent people was “accidental”. What he did was no different than walking up to those people with a gun and pulling the trigger. The punishment is deserved, and in fact if he is ever free to live his life again in Society it’s still better than his victims. Isn’t it.


      Comment by Beast | March 21, 2012, 10:44 AM | Reply

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