Banned drunk driver who killed cyclist in hit-and-run sentenced to seven years in prison

Darya Selinevich killed Zhi Yong Kang in Toronto in June 2015 despite being banned from driving.

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A drunk driver who was already banned and had boasted on social media about drink driving has been sentenced to seven years in jail for the death of a cyclist in June 2015.

Darya Selinevich, then 22, killed 44-year-old Zhi Yong Kang in Toronto, Canada in the early hours of June 11, 2015 in a hit-and-run incident when she was driving a BMW at almost double the speed limit.

Selinevich then led police on a 120mph chase and was eventually located more than three miles away from the scene, but police quickly learned that she shouldn’t have even been behind the wheel for she was just one month into serving a year’s suspension because she had failed to pay a fine for running a red light.

In the wake of Mr Kang’s death, Selinevich – a former law clerk and aspiring paralegal - was handed a seven-year prison sentence by the court. However, that has already been reduced to four-and-a-half years to take into consideration the time spent in custody awaiting trial.

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The court were notified of Selinevich’s social media activity in previous years, of which she repeatedly made light of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

One post from 2012 on her Facebook showed a pint glass in a car’s cup holder and in another there was a speedometer showing 202.5km/h.

In a further post, she mocked a police poster about RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) spot-checks, claiming that in addition to taking a bus, taxi, police car or ambulance to get home, her “option five” was “my car”.

Andrew Murie, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said: "She's a repeat offender, I think a sentence in the neighbourhood of 10 years [or more] would have been more appropriate. It's about deterring people from really getting behind the wheel.

“That kind of [social media] behaviour is shocking. The majority of the population never drinks and drives and the majority of the population are disgusted by people that do."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.