Now we have a duck(ling) lover who parks her car recklessly and goes looking for the mother of the little ones…as a result a father and daughter will never come back home….now the animal lover gets a life sentence….so many wrongs will never add up to make a right.
Canadian woman who parked her car on a highway to help a group of
ducklings on the side of the road was found guilty of causing the deaths
of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car.
Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on two counts of criminal
negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum life sentence,
and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a
maximum of 14 years in jail.
The 25-year-old was charged with the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his
daughter Jessie, 16. She wiped away tears when the verdict was
delivered to a packed courtroom in Montreal.
Quebec Superior Court
Justice Eliane Perreault said the 12 jurors voted unanimously.
Roy’s motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj’s car, which was stopped in
the left lane of a highway south of Montreal in 2010. Czornobaj, a
self-professed animal-lover, told the court that she did not see the
ducklings’ mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them
Defence lawyer Marc Labelle said his client was stunned by the jury’s decision.
“The fact that she was involved in the accident in the first place
was a hard experience for her,” he said. “The fact that she had to go
through a trial with a lot of publicity was tough and to be confirmed by
12 citizens, the jury, that the conduct was criminal is a hard blow.”
Pauline Volikakis, whose husband and daughter were killed in the
collision, briefly fought back tears when she left the courtroom. “I
don’t wish misfortune on anyone,” Volikakis said. “It’s time that we go
on. This will not bring (back) my loved ones.”
Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a warning for motorists: “What we
hope is that a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on
the highway for animals. It’s not worth it.”