According to the Canadian Press, police witnesses at a car driver’s trial over a fatal collision say human error was the reason behind the crash.
Emma Czornobaj is on trial in Montreal over a 2010 crash that killed 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessica (who was riding pillion). Witnesses state Czornobaj stopped her car in the left lane on the highway to help baby ducks cross the road. Some witnesses state Czornobaj did not turn on her hazard lights, a claim Czornobaj denies. She’s now on trial for criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death
The CP story by Sidhartha Banerjee quotes Quebec provincial police officer Samuel Beaudet as saying the collision was caused by a human factor, when Czornobaj parked her car and got out.
“The driver of the Harley-Davidson (Roy) was surprised by the presence of the Honda in the left lane and was not able to come to a complete stop or take evasive action to avoid a collision,” the CP quotes Beaudet as saying.
In earlier testimony from Roy’s wife, she said she thought he was riding around 85 kph at the time of the crash, but Beaudet estimated the Harley–Davidson’s speed between 113 and 129 kph, slowing down to 105 and 121 kph before impact.
The CP story also notes Beaudet’s testimony about the Roy’s helmets. At first, the officer said the helmets did not meet safety standards, but then said a visual examination showed the lids did meet safety standards, and did not contribute to their deaths.
The Crown is expected to end its arguments today.