Car driver guilty in duck crash trial

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On Friday, a jury found Emma Czornobaj guilty of criminal negligence causing death, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve shared the story of Czornobaj’s trial with you. She was charged after a crash in 2010, when a motorcyclist and his daughter slammed into the back of her car. She had parked the vehicle in the left-hand lane of the highway in order to get out and help some ducks cross the road.

According to the CBC, Pauline Volikakis, the wife and mother of the rider and passenger who died, was in court to hear the verdict, said it was time to move on, saying “This will not bring back my loved ones.” The National Post said she hadn’t wished to see Czornobaj charged after the accident.

The judge hasn’t announced sentencing yet in the case; the defence is pushing for no jail time. Czornobaj had offered to plead guilty in exchange to some charges for a guarantee of no jail time a few months back, but signs point to the Crown pushing for incarceration. The case will go back to court in early August, so we can expect a sentence after that.


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