Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Truck driver in Humboldt crash pleads guilty to all charges

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Steven Clarke | 11 January, 2019, 03:58

The man accused in the Humboldt Broncos crash is pleading guilty to charges of risky driving causing death and unsafe driving causing bodily harm.

Scott Thomas told reporters that to hear Jaskirat Singh Sidhu use his own words to plead guilty and to acknowledge he was responsible for the deadly accident was powerful.

"I said, 'Now he goes to sentencing and it means we don't have to go to trial, and you won't have to speak, ' " Mr. Straschnitzki recalled.

"I asked him what his position was", Brayford said. "I know Mr. Sidhu has also been deeply affected by this tragedy". Brayford sais Sidhu didn't want to make things worse, crash is his fault.

"He wanted the families to know he is devastated by the grief he has caused them", Brayford said.

Chris Joseph, whose 20-year-old son Jaxon died in the crash, said in an interview Tuesday he was filled with mixed emotions following the guilty pleas.

"Now we can move forward with the next part of this", the grieving father said. The maximum penalty for unsafe driving causing death is 14 years. The maximum sentence for unsafe driving causing death is 14 years.

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His wife added she's anxious the guilty plea will lead to a lighter sentence for Sidhu.

With Files from the Canadian Press.

Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son, Ryan, was paralyzed in the crash, said she is anxious the guilty plea will mean a lighter sentence. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu's lawyer says Sidhu didn't want a trial.

"When he said, 'Guilty, ' to me, I have my closure", he said. He was guilty. He acknowledged that. "That was all I needed to hear", Thomas said. "However, I also hope that by doing so, he doesn't get an absurdly reduced sentence as per our justice system". "He's got to spend the rest of his life with it".

May 17, 2018: A trademark dispute between the team and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League over #HumboldtStrong and other slogans related to the crash is resolved.

Last month in Melfort provincial court, and following the release by the provincial government of 13 recommendations to improve safety at the intersection where the crash took place, Judge Inez Cardinal granted more time for Sidhu, 29, to select his mode of trial. It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot.

December 12, 2018: A safety review is released recommending 13 changes to make the intersection safer, including the removal of trees on private property that obstruct the view of drivers heading in the same directions that the bus and truck were. The report of the review suggested having the trees removed and posting more and larger stop signs to warn drivers of the intersection earlier.

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