The driver of a small school bus involved in a fatal collision with a motorcyclist in Edmonton last May was fined a mere $600 on Nov. 7 for failing to proceed through an intersection safely.
Crown counsel had asked for a three-month driver’s licence suspension for the 58-year-old school bus driver, but the judge refused, because it would have cost the driver her job.
Court documents state that the bus driver had stopped at an intersection before proceeding into the path of 21-year-old Justin Delano, who was riding a 2001 Honda Shadow eastbound on 82 Avenue. A pedestrian traffic light was green at the time, indicating that the motorcyclist had right-of-way.
The motorcycle and rider struck the front of the bus before landing in the road. Delano sustained a head injury and died 10 days later.
The judge made the point that if Delano had been in a four-wheeled vehicle, the result would probably have been much less severe. He also noted that the bus driver was remorseful and church-going.
Yes, church-going. Apparently if you’re an atheist in Edmonton and you kill someone, then you might just get that three month suspension after all!
For more on this, read the Edmonton Journal story.