Street racer who caused fatal truck crash gets house arrest

| 6/5/2008

The widow of a Canadian trucker who died in a crash after his tractor was hit by a street racer said, “The whole justice system is going to hell.”

The Toronto Sun quoted Debbie Virgoe as saying that after the young man who caused the crash was sentenced to two years of house arrest instead of prison time and also to a lifetime ban on driving.

Before his sentencing, the court heard that 20-year-old Nauman Nusrat was racing against two other cars at speeds of up to 105 miles per hour before hitting the front left wheel of the truck driven by David Virgoe.

Witnesses said Virgoe sacrificed his own life by veering off the highway instead of crashing into traffic ahead of him. Virgoe’s bravery has been recognized with posthumous citations in the U.S. and in Ontario, including one from the Ontario Provincial Police.

Virgoe also was nominated and was among the finalists for the 2007 Goodyear Highway Hero award for his selfless act.