Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Truck driver in Humboldt crash pleads guilty to all charges

Truck driver in Humboldt crash pleads guilty to all charges

I don't want a trial, ' " Brayford said outside court.

Mr. Thomas said Mr. Sidhu's sentence is less important than the fact that he pleaded guilty.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu leaves provincial court in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

"He was guilty. He acknowledged that. That was all I needed to hear", Thomas told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League when their bus and Sidhu's rig collided not far from Tisdale, Sask.

"And his position to me was, 'I just want to plead guilty".

Guilty to 16 counts of unsafe driving causing death.

Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of unsafe driving causing death and 13 counts of risky driving causing bodily harm. "I can't make things any better, but I certainly won't want to make them worse by having a trial'".

"I don't want a trial, '" attorney Mark Brayford said outside court.

Sentencing for Sidhu is scheduled for January 28 in Melfort. He would not comment further. The maximum penalty for unsafe driving causing death is 14 years and 10 years for risky driving causing bodily harm.

In Saskatchewan, the starting point for unsafe driving causing death when no alcohol is involved is about two years, Fox said, with sentences rising based on aggravating factors.

Evidence from the crash and of the truck driver's actions have not yet been submitted to the court.

The Alberta semi driver charged in the Humboldt Broncos' bus crash has pleaded guilty to all 29 counts in connection with last year's highway tragedy.

It recommended negotiating with the landowner to remove the trees, and also suggested rumble strips, larger signs and painting "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" on the road.

The vehicle belonged to a small Calgary-based trucking firm, whose owner, Sukhmander Singh, has been charged in Alberta with federal and provincial safety violations.

In December, the Saskatchewan government further introduced mandatory training for semi-truck drivers.

No details have been released about Sidhu's training, although a lawsuit by the family of 16-year old Adam Herold, who was killed, alleges it was inadequate. He didn't want to make it any more hard on the families.

Ryan Straschnitzki's mother, Michelle, says she hopes the plea doesn't mean the driver will get what she calls an "absurdly reduced sentence". "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me, it's not going to bring Evan back".

The family of 21-year old Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., said in a statement that "as much as this sounds insane, we appreciate his remorsefulness". Numerous victims were between 16 and 21 years old and players on the hockey team.

Broncos president Jamie Brockman agreed that Sidhu has spared those grieving and struggling a painful trial. Brayford sais Sidhu didn't want to make things worse, crash is his fault.

"It's something we all have to live with for the rest of our lives".

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