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

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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 is pictured at the Montreal Courthouse in Montreal, Tuesday.
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Emma Czornobaj was convicted Friday by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Czornobaj, 25, was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16, on a Montreal-area highway.

Czornobaj appeared to turn and wipe away a tear when she heard the verdict delivered.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault polled the jury, which entered its fourth day of deliberations on Friday, on their verdict and they reported they were unanimous.

Czornobaj will return to court for a pre-sentence hearing on Aug. 8.

Criminal negligence causing death carries a maximum life sentence while the charge of dangerous driving causing death comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail. Czornobaj has no previous criminal record.

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.

Geographic location: Montreal, Quebec, Candiac

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  • Margaret Hill
    July 16, 2014 - 17:06

    This was a horrible "accident" she should not be branded as a criminal

  • Jeannine Desy
    June 25, 2014 - 18:09

    Emma doesn't deserve to go to prison! Sign my petition to keep her out of prison! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/589/514/962/dont-sentence-compassionate-woman-to-prison/ Please share my petition with everyone you know!

  • Robyn
    June 22, 2014 - 16:25

    This is ridiculous. The girl obviously had no intention of causing harm, it was a mistake anyone could have done and the most the girl should get is a year in prison. The motorcyclist was equally at fault, there is no way he was going the speed limit if he didn't have time to stop once he saw the car. This is the kind of girl who would stop if she saw your pet dog on the road instead of hitting it, consider that.

    • Graham
      June 25, 2014 - 13:15

      Anyone who rides a bike and can't avoid hitting a parked car was driving too fast in the first place. Even though the verdict was unanimous this is truly a miscarriage of justice when the biker isn't responsible for his own actions. sorry for the loss. But I do come from places with duck crossings including here in St John's!