Woman that stopped car to save ducklings on road led to 2 deaths

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC (CNN) – A Quebec woman who stopped her car on a highway for crossing ducks was found guilty of a fatal crash in court.

A jury concluded the victims, a motorcyclist and his daughter died because of the woman’s actions.

Vanessa Lee reports.

25-year-old Emma Czornobaj hid her face.

As she left the courtroom where she was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Annie-Claude Chasse, Prosecutor: What we hope is a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals, it is not worth it.
The verdict comes almost four years to the day after her deadly decision.

Czornobaj parked her car in the left hand lane of a highway and tried to rescue a group of ducks.

Seconds later.

A motorcycle crashed into her Honda Civic.

50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Pauline Volikakis, Husband and Daughter Killed: “My feelings are… It’s time that we go on, this will not bring my loved ones.”

Throughout the trial.

The defense called it an unfortunate accident, not a criminal act.

Marc Labelle, Defense Lawyer: “There was no ill will at all, no alcohol, no drugs, no speeding, no race.”

Marc LaBelle says he may appeal the judge’s decision.

Marc Labelle, Defense Lawyer: “I’m not sure in Canada you can be found guilty of a crime with that short proof of an intent.”

The defense is asking for Czornobaj not to serve any jail time.

The Crown has not yet revealed its intentions.

Sentencing arguments will be heard August 8th.

Vanessa Lee CTV News Montreal.

To see the full story head to WJW.


  • sano2bsafe

    Hummm! This is a tough one. I don’t think she should be charged and here’s why. Because people often stop abruptly in front of you, you should always maintain a safe distance giving yourself enough time to stop. 90 mph 9 car lengths then you have about 9 seconds of stopping time and 60 mph 6 car lengths giving yourself at least six seconds to stop etc.. Tailgating kills and so does road ragers. If the person behind her had not been driving so close they would have had enough time to stop. They you have laws that are posted, if you hit a duck you could be fined. So I think she should be smacked across the face but not charged with the death of someone who apparently was not practicing safe driving. My opinion.

  • Christopher

    Canada must totally be different than the USA. Here the person who rear ends you is always at fault. No matter if you’re on a highway or city street

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