A Montreal woman is on trial over charges of criminal negligence and dangerous driving after a crash that killed two motorcyclists in June, 2010.
Supposedly, the crash started when Emma Czornobaj, a student, stopped her Honda Civic in the left lane (some reports say she pulled to the left shoulder) to help some baby ducks cross the road to safety. She claims she flipped her hazard lights on when she pulled over, but the incident ended in tragedy when 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie, who was riding pillion, crashed into the rear of the car and died of their injuries.
Roy’s wife, who was following on her own motorcycle, has claimed the hazard lights were not on when she went to the scene of the accident. Another witness confirmed that report.
The trial has already featured testimony from several car drivers who said they were startled by Czornobaj’s move. The Edmonton Journal says it’ll be a three-week jury trial, with 10 men and two women sitting on the jury. If convicted, she could face a life sentence on the criminal negligence charge, and the dangerous driving causing death charge could get her up to 14 years, although the Journal says that isn’t likely.