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