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Posted on 06/21/2014 7:23:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin
A woman who parked her car on a highway to rescue ducklings has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his daughter who slammed into her vehicle.
Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on Friday on two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum life sentence, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail.
The 25-year-old was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16.
Czornobaj, a self-professed animal lover, told the court that she did not see the ducklings' mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them home.
Her lawyer Marc Labelle said his client was stunned by the jury's decision. He said he may appeal.
'So now we are at the sentencing stage in this case. The question we have to ask is that considering the nature of the facts, it is rare that we have criminal negligence where there are no bad elements,' Labelle said.
'This was not a race. This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk. This is not about someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver.'
During the trial, witness Martine Tessier testified that she noticed parked car didn't have its hazards on and that the driver's door was open.
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They were ducks for Goodness sake. Are they worth two human lives? What an idiot to stop in the highway to “save” them.
She was driving a dark car and she did not have her hazards on. She was a menace on the roads.
I don’t know if she deserves life, because she didn’t do this deliberately, but it was certainly foreseeable that this was a disaster waiting to happen.
Nope, all white, all Quebecers
well I am an idiot
anyway, what about the duty of the guy on the motorcycle to look at what is ahead of him
I disagree. How was she to know two people on a motorcycle would be such careless drivers that they could not swerve to miss the car. What if the car had been disabled?
Life is a little stiff; 50 years is more reasonable. The current cult of animals is dangerous.
I will bet you that this”Animal Lover”is ALL for”Abortion-on-Demand”????????????????
You mean a car stopped on the highway with no lights or hazards?
If this were a civil suit in California — then the jury would weigh the comparative negligence of the actors in assessing percentages of liability.
But since this is a criminal case, the only question before the jury was whether her having come to a complete stop in the number one lane - for a ridiculous reason —was a criminally negligent act.
IMO, it definitely was.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I would not have convicted her.
I’m certainly no bleeding heart liberal... maybe I’m just a sucker for a girl with a heart bigger than her brain.
I see cars broken down on the highway with no lights and no hazards, cops pulled over with a vehicle whose owner they are ticketing with lights, all sorts of differing scenarios. You are supposed to be riding your motor sickle on the road not on the shoulder and you are supposed to look where you are going
This was about someone who caused the death of another motorist through stupidity. I'd likely have tried to help those ducklings myself, but stopping in the middle of the interstate with no emergency flashers, no nothing was very negligent.
Here’s a pic of the perp: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/21/article-2663995-1EF79A7900000578-162_306x357.jpg
Moron doesn’t stop on the highway without lights flashers or flares and 2 people don’t die.
End of story.
Maybe not life but certainly deserves a stiff penalty.
except she didn’t stop “in the middle” the photo shows whe was on the shoulder
She stopped IN THE TRAFFIC LANES. Not a breakdown. Just a stupid decision. She should be punished for it. Maybe not life but a stiff sentence.
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