Woman Who Caused Fatal Crash Stopping For Ducks May Get Life In Prison

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Emma Czornobaj could face a lifetime prison sentence after being convicted of "criminal negligence causing death" and "dangerous driving causing death." She'd parked her Honda Civic in the left lane of a Quebec highway to round up some ducks when a motorcycle carrying two people plowed into the car.

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"Dangerous driving causing death" is punishable by a 14 year jail sentence in Quebec, while "criminal negligence causing death" can warrant life in prison.

Fatalities were a 50-year-old man who was driving the Harley Davidson and his 16-year-old daughter who was riding pillion. CBC Canada and others report the conviction came in Friday. Investigator's assessments put the motorcycle at 70 to 80 MPH in a roughly-55 MPH (90 KPH) zone before the crash, but The Canadian jury's decision to convict Ms. Czornobaj was unanimous.

USA Today says the man's wife and girl's mother was following behind on another motorcycle and watched the horrific wreck happen. In court, she was remarkably composed telling reporters; "My feelings are that it is time that we go on. This will not bring back my loved ones."

Ms. Czornobaj's representation Marc Labelle will still be pushing for "no jail time" on the basis that their was "no ill will" in her actions.

For now, she has apparently been released until her "pre-sentence hearing" on August 8th.

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DISCUSSION

tacmedic
TacMedic

I live maybe 10 minutes from there and followed the case.

She stopped in a blind curve, maybe 300ft after it, without turning her hazard lights on, and right in the middle of the left lane on a 2-lane highway.

She then got out of the car and walked 200ft in the opposite direction, because she wanted to take 5 ducklings "home" because the mommy wasn't there.

10 seconds before the crash, some woman almost slammed into the car, because she was distracted by the girl walking on the left shoulder (that by the way is maybe a foot wide before the concrete blocks) and swerved not to hit her. The motorcyclist tried to wave at the girl to get off the shoulder, and then rammed into the car.

It was estimated in court that the motorcyclist had 0.4 seconds of reaction time in between when the car was visible to him and the impact.

That girl is a danger to herself and others, and fully deserves what she gets. She's also a painful reminder of how much inexperience is dangerous on the road.