Woman who stopped for ducks found guilty in death of motorcyclist, daughter

A woman who stopped to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her parked car.

Emma Czornobaj was convicted today by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Czornobaj was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16, on a Montreal-area highway.

Roy's motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj's car, which was stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway in Candiac, south of Montreal.

His daughter was riding on the back of the motorcycle when the collision happened on June 27, 2010.

The trial heard that Czornobaj, who had three years' driving experience at the time, had stopped to rescue ducklings on the side of the road.

The professed animal lover told the court that she did not see the ducklings' mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them home.

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  1. George posted on 06/20/2014 11:12 AM
    I would have done the same by stopping for animals. The way us humans treat animals I would stop to help an animal any day. True justice will one day come..
  2. Joe posted on 06/20/2014 11:24 AM
    That sucks. The driver of that motorcycle was driving well above the speed limit. It was shown that even on impact he was over the limit. You are supposed to be in control of your vehicle and obeying the rules of the road at all times when driving which he was not doing.
  3. George Grummett posted on 06/20/2014 12:39 PM
    Dangerous driving, or dangerous operation of a vehicle - definitely yes.
    But a criminal - no, definitely not.
    I have ridden motorcycles for several decades.
  4. Anthony posted on 06/20/2014 03:01 PM
    This is BS, she doesn't deserve to go to Jail, we shall see on August 8 during sentencing. Accidents do happen.

    Yes she shouldn't have stopped on the highway on the left lane. She is only guilty of a bad decision and "dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. There was no criminal intent!
  5. Beechball posted on 06/20/2014 03:26 PM
    It's a pretty sad day! Definitely not condoning what she did. She showed extremely poor judgement, and her actions were reckless and dumb. But....... When we're constantly letting rapists, drug dealers, pedophiles, and dangerous offenders including those whose crimes have targeted children, off the hook with a 'slap on the wrist', who's crimes were deliberate and intentional. Nice society we live in.... 'Bienvenue Au Quebec' Where Children and Animals have no value in our society, but show a little compassion to some baby ducks and we'll 'fry' you!!!!! It's gonna be a great Country some day!!!!
  6. William posted on 06/20/2014 03:51 PM
    This is totally ridiculous!!! First off she was parked, therefore the motor cyclist should've been looking at what it coming up and to be ready for it. This just goes to show you what a joke the legal system in canada has become- A JOKE!!. A woman trying to help wildlife, gets charged for something that was a total accident while murderers, rapists, etc continue to walk free from charges. I'm very sorry for the two people who died and for their families but to charge someone over it is total ludicrous!! Time for canada to look over the judicial system if say.
  7. steve posted on 06/20/2014 04:58 PM
    She should not of even had a drivers license. Guilty of stupidity!
  8. Bella posted on 06/21/2014 06:50 AM
    Were the lives of those ducks more important than the lives of the father and daughter on that motorcycle? Really what in the world was she thinking?
  9. Jill posted on 06/21/2014 11:32 AM
    Isnt it the motorcycle who is suppose to be paying attention to the road at fault? What if she pulled over for a flat tire.. would that make it ok.. drivers need to be aware of their sourroundings.. she should of had her 4 ways on..
  10. Fed Up posted on 06/21/2014 02:32 PM
    I am fed up. We are constantly hearing ludicrous stories in the news and one like this is too much. You have someone die, yes a tragic ending, yes I could not imagine if it was a loved one of mine who died, but it was an accident. How can you potentially put a young lady in jail for the tragic result of a "well intentioned gesture". Is all common sense and logic gone in this world? Her life is ruined due to over zealous prosecutors who have a fetish for seeing their names in print. Sad.
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