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CanadaFull sentence unlikely for Broncos crash driver: expert

14:20  09 january  2019
14:20  09 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The investigation into the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15 people in northeastern Saskatchewan last Friday will be a long and painstaking one, according to several collision experts . Retired RCMP collision analyst Rob Creasser says months of work could lie ahead for the analysts

The bus driver was killed in the collision, while the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Experts will re-enact the moments leading up to the collision with another truck and bus. Ten Broncos players died, as well as the coach, assistant coach, athletic therapist, the team's volunteer statistician, a

Full sentence unlikely for Broncos crash driver: expert © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Jaskirat Singh Sidhu leaves provincial court with his lawyer Mark Brayford (right) in Melfort, Sask., Tuesday, January, 8, 2019. Sidhu, the driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus, has pleaded guilty to all charges against him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

A legal expert says she would be astounded if a judge handed the maximum sentence to a semi-truck driver who has pleaded guilty to all 29 charges stemming from a devastating collision with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty in Melfort, Sask., court Tuesday to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Semi-truck driver pleads guilty in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

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FULL COVERAGE: Humboldt Broncos tragedy. The Broncos were heading to Nipawin for a playoff game WATCH BELOW: Semi driver charged in Humboldt Broncos bus crash appears in court. The maximum sentence for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years, and up to 10 years for a

The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years. It's 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm. A sentencing hearing for Sidhu, 30, is to begin Jan. 28.

Jennifer Quaid, who teaches law at the University of Ottawa, said the overwhelming scale of last spring's tragedy isn't the only factor the sentencing judge will have to weigh.

"Yes, it's an extremely serious accident and there are multiple counts. There's one for each victim," she said. "But he is also a first-time offender. He's young."

It's impossible to know the full calculus that went into Sidhu's decision to plead guilty rather than make his case at trial, said Quaid, who added that she can't see a scenario where Sidhu avoids prison time entirely.

Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash faces several sentencing possibilities

Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash faces several sentencing possibilities There are several sentencing possibilities for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 8, 2018 to 29 charges of dangerous driving in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. On Tuesday in a Melfort courtroom, Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Simply put, said one legal expert, there hasn't been a case like it in the country because of the sheer number of victims involved and the enormous loss caused by the collision.

On April 6, 2018, sixteen people were killed and thirteen injured when a northbound coach bus was struck by a westbound semi-trailer truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Photo library from the Broncos 9-3 defeat to the Saskatoon Blades. The Swift Current Broncos bus traveling to Regina for their evening matchup with the Pats crashed four kilometres outside of Swift…

It could well be that upon seeing the Crown's evidence against him, his defence decided it was not worth facing trial, she suggested. Heightened emotions and intense media scrutiny also may have made him loathe to draw things out.

Sidhu's lawyer, Mark Brayford, said Tuesday his client didn't want to make things worse by having a trial and that he's devastated by the grief he's caused the victims' families.

Quaid said Sidhu's remorse is likely to be a factor at sentencing.

"That's something that will resonate. That's going to be up to the judge to assess the sincerity and credibility of the remorse."

Quaid added the judge will probably acknowledge Sidhu's actions weren't the only factors in the crash, given concerns have been raised about visibility at the rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask., where the crash occurred.

The owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu also faces several charges related to federal and provincial safety regulations in the months before the crash.

"This young man fits into an unfortunate pattern that we see with catastrophic events in the workplace: that (they) are disproportionately something that happens to young workers, to workers who are new to the job, to workers with little to no training," Quaid said.

"Those are all factors that will play in the sentencing phase and will tend to mitigate the sentence."

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