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A Montreal jury found a 25-year-old Quebec woman guilty on four charges for stopping her car on a busy highway to rescue ducklings and causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and his teen daughter. Emma Czornobaj faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after she was found guilty on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. Defense attorney Marc Labelle said Czornobaj was shocked by the verdict and questioned how she could be found guilty of criminal negligence in the absence of other contributing factors. "This was not a race. This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk," Labelle said. "This is not about someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver."

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An accident in the name of humanity should not mean life.

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"This is not about someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver."

Stopping your car in the left lane of a busy highway is extremely selfish and dangerous. I know this quote came from the defense attorney but I don't see the point in making such a demonstrably untrue statement given that we know for a fact that her actions directly led to a fatal accident.

I do believe that people should be held accountable when they take obviously risky actions that harm others even if harming someone was not the intent. But life in prison seems a bit harsh. A year or two combined with fines and a lengthy loss of license seems more sensible.

Also, if it were up to me, minors wouldn't be allowed to be passengers on motorcycles.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-20 05:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh yeah, and if you risk the lives of other people you are not taking "humane" actions no matter how many cute little animals are involved.

#2 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-20 05:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

You should ALWAYS have your vehicle in control, follow at a safe distance and be prepared to stop. In practice I know we don't follow those rules. I know - I rear ended someone who stopped on a dime at a green light in the left lane... Was what this woman did smart? No. Criminally negligent? I question that, but OK. Definitely not smart. But what if it had been a breakdown? Life in Prison? What The... NO. Honestly in a case like this I would be fine with probation.

But this is French Canada too.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-20 05:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

She stopped in a lane on a freeway when she didn't have to?

It's not murder but it's akin to manslaughter.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-20 06:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wow. An example of what can happen with best intentions. Was those human lives worth those ducklings?

What a stupid move. She destroyed an entire family. What a sad liberal. I don't think she should get life, but she should get at least 10 years without parole.

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-20 06:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

An accident in the name of humanity should not mean life.

I actually agree that someone should not get life in prison for acting with good intentions, but how was she working on behalf of humanity?

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-06-20 06:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Accidents will always happen in life.

Overworked parents leave kids in cars instead of taking them to day care. Kids may find a firearm and shoot another. Such accidents may involve each and everyone of us. They happen because of spur of the moment decisions and sometimes lack of common sense, and sometimes plain ole negligence.

Most of these accidents will forever change the lives of both the perpetrator and the victims.

Sadly our populace are conditioned by the mass media interests to make the message more about politics than to serve as a legitimate deterrent. I lean towards leniency in such innocent events rather than trying to make examples out of the misfortune of others. These events will live on and long after the accident for the few that are involved.

#7 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-20 06:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

She shouldn't get life in prison, but she should get a felony conviction and a prison sentence. Her reckless and exceptionally foolish decision led to two deaths. What do drunk drivers who kill get in Canada? Her sentence ought to be comparable to that.

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-20 07:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Odd sentence since there is no such thing as life in prison in Canada.

You could murder an entire police department and you can't get more than 25 years.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-20 07:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

"What a sad liberal."

In Boazworld, liberals cause flat tires, lost mail keys, and anything else that goes wrong.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-20 07:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I drive on interstate highways every day, cars stall in any of the lanes virtually every day, it is the job of the driver to be in control of his/her vehicle at all times. Sorry for the motorcyclists but they should have been paying closer attention to what was in front of them. I agree with Galaxiepete.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-20 08:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

What do drunk drivers who kill get in Canada? Her sentence ought to be comparable to that.

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-20 07:13 PM

2 -3 years if they have no previous record.It really depends on the Province.

Odd sentence since there is no such thing as life in prison in Canada.

You could murder an entire police department and you can't get more than 25 years.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL

What about the dangerous offender statute? Clifford Olson is never getting out.

#12 | Posted by Scotty at 2014-06-20 09:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Unless she stopped around a blind curve or over a hill I think the motorcycle driver is more at fault. Motorcycles can stop shorter than cars (though maybe not with two people on board) and are more maneuverable too. It should have been very possible to swerve around the parked car.

Not that what she did is okay. She should have pulled off the roadway, obviously.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-20 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Unless she stopped around a blind curve or over a hill I think the motorcycle driver is more at fault.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-20 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

The jury didn't think so.

This woman had the opportunity to plea bargain but didn't because she didn't want to do jail time. In the solitude of her own mind she can't come to terms with the fact she killed those folks, ante up and put it behind her. Now she has to pay

According to Tessier's testimony, drivers in the westbound section of the highway on the evening of the accident, June 27, 2010, had to deal with a setting sun that made visibility poor.

news.nationalpost.com

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#14 | Posted by rightwingdon at 2014-06-20 10:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think she did a dangerous unnecessary stop, but the onus is on all to not run into anything that may be in the road.

#15 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-06-20 11:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

"What about the dangerous offender statute? Clifford Olson is never getting out."

Neither is Paul Bernardo, but those are special cases.

This woman faces a potential life sentence, but she won't actually get one.

She's likely to get more than she'd get accidentally shooting someone in the USA, but it still won't be much.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-20 11:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

actually I remembered after I posted above that those guys actually get a parole hearing every seven years under "the faint hope clause"to keep it constitutional.

I think she is looking at 4-5 years.2 years a body.

#17 | Posted by Scotty at 2014-06-21 12:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

**** I remember when they used to teach Defensive Driving which meant that you were supposed to keep an eye on what was happening on the road ahead of you!

#18 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-06-21 03:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

She's as criminally blameless as if she'd had a flat. Suspension of license for coming to a dead stop for no great reason.

But had she only slowed for the ducks, and guy still rear-ended her and 2 died, would they still have charged her?

#19 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-06-21 07:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

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