Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Truck driver in crash of hockey team's bus pleads guilty

Calgary truck driver pleads guilty to charges in Humboldt Broncos bus crash Lorry driver pleads guilty in Humboldt bus crash that killed 16
Deanna Wagner | 11 January, 2019, 03:55

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was the driver of the tractor trailer that hit the team's bus and left 16 dead and 13 injured in April.

Sidhu's lawyer, Mark Brayford, spoke outside out of court after his client's plea.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jaskirat Sidhu, who was arrested in Calgary in early July, is facing 16 counts of risky driving causing death and 13 more causing injury.

The Broncos were heading to a playoff game in Nipawin when the semi driven by Sidhu crashed into the team bus.

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos' team bus and a transport truck collided on a Saskatchwan highway killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.

A date for sentencing was not immediately known.

"He wanted the families to know that he's devastated by the grief that he's caused them", Brayford said. "It just confirmed everything that I knew in my mind - that he was responsible for it".

"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.

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The report's authors determined that six collisions had taken place at the intersection between 1990 and 2017 and another 14 happened on roads nearby.

His wife added she's anxious the guilty plea will lead to a lighter sentence for Sidhu. The maximum sentence for risky driving causing death is 14 years.

"I'm glad he won't be putting everyone through a lengthy, exhaustive and heartbreaking trial", she told The Canadian Press. "I commend Mr. Sidhu for taking responsibility for his actions and sparing the survivors and the families the anguish and turmoil of rehashing this tragedy in court", said Humboldt Bronco's President Jamie Brockman.

The family of 21-year old Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., said in a statement that "as much as this sounds insane, we appreciate his remorsefulness".

Scott Thomas says he could feel Sidhu's remorse in the courtroom. It really doesn't. It is not going to bring Evan back.

"It's something we all have to live with for the rest of our lives". "His careless actions will haunt him for the rest of his life and I'm sure it is a relief to move forward".

The Saskatchewan government further introduced in December mandatory training for semi-truck drivers. "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me ..."