Dangerous driving trial underway for woman who stopped for ducks

The accident scene on June 27, 2010 on Highway 30.

A trial is underway for a Chateauguay woman charged in the deaths of two people amid allegations she stopped her car on a highway to help some ducks.

25-year-old Emma Czornobaj has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

She is accused in the deaths of Andre Roy and his daughter Jessie, who were riding a motorcycle that slammed into her car on the evening of June 27, 2010 on highway 30 in Candiac.

She faces life in prison if she's convicted.

The Crown said in its opening statement today that Czornobaj wasn't in her car, which stopped in the left lane of a highway south of Montreal.

The Crown is alleging she was on the side of the road, tending to a family of ducks.

Witnesses expected to testify include Roy's widow, who was riding in a motorcycle behind the victims and saw the incident.

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  1. Dave posted on 06/03/2014 03:07 PM
    It's very sad for the defendent & prosecutor of this case. The defendent a 25 year Emma who's life is ruined because of an accident because she wanted to help out nature and the procution Roy's widow who is being vindictive because she is hurt and feeling great pain for her losses. Ms. Roy is hoping that this will relieve her pain but all she will do is cause others pain if she win's or loses. Psychologist and time will only settle her pain. Let hope the judge & jury end this case fast.
    Stop the pain & stop the waste of resources because of an accident!
    1. Dave posted on 06/05/2014 03:15 AM
      @Dave @ Dave: (yes, there are two Daves here).
      If you want to "help out nature," you must do so intelligently and legally, which is NOT what this woman did.
      This tragedy should never have happened, but the law requires people to be accountable for their actions -- particularly reckless ones that cause needless pain and sorrow, Dave.
      It's too late now to "stop the pain," Dave. It's time now to use all necessary resources to determine who is responsible for causing this pain that will never go away.
    2. Debra posted on 07/08/2014 10:44 AM
      @Dave This was an accident, not negligent. I ride a motorcycle and I keep a very safe distance behind the cars. There are so many ducks and geese on the roads around our lake that if people did not drive slowly there would be many accidents.
  2. Rick posted on 06/03/2014 03:34 PM
    this is a tragedy and the thing that i can not grasp is why the cyclist did not have time to either stop or change lanes in time, i myself am a motorcyclist and i would never be that close to the rear of another vehicle on the highway, plus a bike can stop a lot faster than any car. then there's the fact that you are supposed to keep a good distance from the car in front of you for lots of reasons besides ducks, debris on the road, mechanical failure to name a few.
    so as i said what happened is tragic , however human nature is what it is and cant be faulted for trying to avoid the ducks RIP.
  3. Mark posted on 06/03/2014 03:42 PM
    "She faces life in prison if she's convicted." Of course. You only get off easy here if you murder your children and drink antifreeze.
  4. sreve posted on 06/03/2014 03:45 PM
    Let her dangle!
  5. Francis posted on 06/03/2014 05:26 PM
    You do NOT stop on the road for anything, unless it's another human being or if it's going to cause you bodily harm if you don't stop.
    1. Dave posted on 06/05/2014 03:25 AM
      @Francis No, Francis, you're wrong.
      You should swerve, and even stop, to avoid hitting, maiming or killing any living creature.
      But you should not stop (as in "park") your car in a highway passing lane.
      More important, the driver behind you should NOT be speeding or tailgating. He/she/you/me should always be prepared to stop immediately without hitting the car in front. It's called "defensive driving," and courses are offered across the country.
      By the way, you're not related to St. Francis of Assisi, the animal lover, huh?!
      Didn't think so.
  6. rd posted on 06/04/2014 09:35 AM
    From when did the some one slamming from behind became problem of one who got slammed?
    Can't the moterist see the stationary car?
    Yes two lives are lost, I feel for their family.
    But don't blame someone who intended to save lives.
    1. Marc-André posted on 06/04/2014 10:08 AM
      @rd Are you 12? A family lost two loved ones forever so some lady could help some ducks. It's very unlikely to come across a stationary vehicle in the left lane of a highway and difficult to get out of the way safely.
      Life in prison definitely too harsh, but very reckless driving, this lady was absolutely at fault if all details are accurate.
  7. Marjorie posted on 06/04/2014 03:20 PM
    From what I have read, a woman was driving her car in the passing lane just in front of the motorcyclists, in order for her to avoid the the stopped car, she swerved into the lane on the right, at the last second, leaving the motorcyclists no time to react to the stopped car...............just such a very tragic accident.
    1. Dave posted on 06/05/2014 02:52 AM
      @Marjorie @ Marjorie: The motorcyclist should certainly have seen the stopped car from a good distance away -- assuming the duck-woman was not parked on a blind curve, which would be an even greater and unforgiveable stupidity than her stopping on a highway.
      Thus, it seems the motorcyclist might have been illegally tailgating the car that swerved and was unable to see the stopped car as he should have. If so, then he certainly shares responsibility for the crash.
      (Any motorcyclist who fails to drive most defensively will always lose in a crash, no matter how much "in the right" one may be).
      Either way, let's await the disclosure of all facts at trial to get the true picture.
    2. Richard posted on 06/07/2014 08:55 AM
      @Marjorie Bingo!
      The car in front had time to react...the bike didn't because he was too close to the car....You have to leave enough room so that you can react to an emergency....

      This time it was ducks but it could have been debris or a broken down car....Bottom line is back off! Staying 2-3 seconds behind the car in front will leave you time to react to an emergency and you will get to your destination 2-3 seconds later
  8. george posted on 06/06/2014 01:35 AM
    This is exactly why I place the life of an animal over that of a human and I am ashamed to be human. Humans make me sick! How dare we say the life of a human is better than an animal? Why, because we think we are superior? Ha! I will choose an animal over a person anyday.
  9. Micheline posted on 06/09/2014 07:41 AM
    I'm wondering how fast and how close to the car the victim on the motorcycle was driving behind her. He should have had time to react if he was driving responsibly.
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