Despite being a general menace to society, Smith was released from jail just two days before allegedly leading police on a chase that resulted in the tragic death of innocent 26-year-old driver Sara Attayee on Feb. 16, and faces 57 new counts.
Two days later the Kumars -- Rekha, 28, Sonia and Sapna, 23, and Sangeeta, 19 -- were among the mourners who went to Sara's funeral at the Uma Nabawi Mosque in York Region and followed the crowd to the burial site.
"We live in Toronto so we got confused," Rekha said.
Sonia got on her cellphone for directions, but the problem was the person at the other end speaks Farsi and was explaining in broken English. Sonia had trouble understanding so she handed the phone to her sister behind the wheel.
They all noticed the flashing lights.
"A female York Regional Police officer came to the window and said 'I see you are talking on your cellphone.' I told her we were trying to find this cemetery," said Rekha, adding that the officer "just smirked and said 'licence and registration.' "
In a hurry, the women pleaded for an exception or to have police lead them to the cemetery and hand them the ticket there.
"She was rude," said Rekha. "It was like she was talking over us."
The women, although of Hindu faith, were wearing scarves out of "respect" for being in the mosque, and said they were already crying over the loss of "the nicest person in the world."
It got worse.
"We could see (the officer) and her male partner laughing," said Rekha. "Maybe the camera in their car could show what was so funny."
I would like to know, too. I have a call out to the fine York force who will get equal opportunity to explain this if they choose.
The Kumars tell me after about 10 minutes the officer returned with the ticket, saying "have a good day."
It was not a good day. They didn't get their directions and missed the burial.
That's just twelve levels of awful.