Grant’s Law in effect, three years after teen killed in gas-and-dash

After nearly three years of lobbying to make pre-payment of fuel at gas stations mandatory, Grant De Patie’s parents’ hard work has come to fruition.



Starting today, anyone filling up at a British Columbia gas station will have to pay before they pump, 24 hours a day.


It’s a regulation Corinne and Doug De Patie have been fighting for since their son, Grant, was dragged to his death trying to stop a gas-and-dash at a Maple Ridge gas station in 2005.

"It’s a huge accomplishment for a regular working person," said Corinne, adding her husband often stayed up until 2 a.m. working toward making Grant’s Law a reality.

"Before Grant died he always told us that he wanted to be a star. In the province of British Columbia he is one very bright, shiny star."

Doug said he’s not going to stop until Grant’s law is implemented nation-wide.

"We’re all Canadians and we all deserve the same protection," he said. "You have to do whatever it takes to protect workers."

He said today will be a quiet day of celebration and remembrance for the family.

"I think the kids are going to take the day off from school and enjoy the day," he said. "Perhaps we’ll release some balloons, have a special dinner and set an extra plate at the table. We’ll be thinking of Grant."

sentence reduced

  • In May 2006, Darnell Pratt, 17, was sentenced to nine years in prison for Grant’s death. That sentence was later reduced to five years and 10 months.

  • He had stolen $12.30 worth of gas.