Ottawa, March 23
A 30-year-old Indian truck driver in Canada was sentenced to eight years in prison last Friday to cause a crash that killed 16 people, mainly members of a junior hockey team in one of the worst disasters in the country's sporting community.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty in January to 29 counts of dangerous driving that caused death or bodily harm.
On April 6, 2018, Sidhu & # 39; s semi-trailer failed to stop at a motorway junction and killed 16 people and injured 13 on the bus with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and others heading for a playoff game.
Sidhu appeared in a Melfort court on Friday.
Judge Inez Cardinal was involved with the victims' families when she read her judgment.
"Most people find the pain unbearable," she said. "Families have been torn apart."
Sidhu received an eight-year sentence for each death and five years for each person injured to be served simultaneously (simultaneously).
Cardinal said no case in Canada resembles this because of the staggering number of dead and injured. She said she knows it's been difficult, but hopes that Sidhu and the victims' loved ones can now heal.
Families broke in tears after the judgment was handed over. Some went straight out while others stared at the judge's empty seat at the front of the court.
According to an agreed fact, Sidhu is solely responsible for the accident.
A forensic collision report found he did not slow down at the intersection of highway 335 and 35 before hitting the bus.
The report said that Sidh's view of the junction was not obstructed by environmental factors such as trees near the road or the sun in his eyes.
In court judge noted that Sidhu was engaged in a flapping tarp covering the truck's cargo and failed to notice road signs. She said that a person is not innocent, simply because the consequences of their actions are not clear.
She said that Sidhu had many chances to stop, but not, and said it was unthinkable that he missed the many great signs of the cross, including flashing lights.
In a statement, the Humboldt Broncos team gratefully said that the case is over and that Sidhu is being held to account for his actions.
Sidhu's sentence was two years shorter than the period the prosecutors had sought, but is nevertheless the hardest ever delivered in Canada for the charges he was facing.
The Indian citizen was a permanent resident but does not have a common citizenship and is likely to be expelled after serving his time. ̵