Final arguments in duck motorcycle deaths trial

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The trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of causing a fatal accident four years ago concluded with the Crown's closing arguments this morning.

Emma Czornobaj had stopped her Honda Civic in the left-hand lane of Highway 30 to help a group of ducklings she saw by the concrete dividers.

Seconds later, a motorcyle carrying 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie slammed into her car, killing them both.

She faces two charges each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death.

The Crown said Czornobaj knew she was making a dangerous decision when she slowed down, stopped, and exited her vehicle to pick up the ducklings.

Her emergency brake was engaged and her hazard lights were on.

That, said Crown attorney Annie-Claude Chassé, proves this was not just some unfortunate accident.

She added that the highway was not empty at the time of the accident - several vehicles passed Czornobaj's car while she was walking on the left-hand edge of the highway.

At least one car narrowly avoided her - but Chassé says Roy no chance to avoid the collision.

Even if Roy was going above the speed limit, as the defence argued, the Crown said skid marks at the scene showed that he had less than a second to brake before hitting Czornobaj's car.

The jury begins deliberating on Tuesday. If convicted, she could face a life sentence.



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  1. Tony posted on 06/12/2014 03:35 PM
    Unreal how our justice system works, we have those that carry and sell illegal weapons and get a meager 90 days to a few years in jail. Then we have this case where one can get a life sentence, for criminal negligence causing death!!?
    If anything, a sentence with certain conditions imposed would be preferable (after a short prison sentence), such as not being allowed to drive a vehicle for 5 to 10 years. Definitely a strong message has to be sent out to all reckless and dangerous drivers out there, and we know that there are alot of them out there!!
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