A woman who thought she was doing a good deed was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death.
A Canadian woman who parked her car on a highway to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road was found guilty Friday of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car.
The 25-year-old was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16.
Roy’s motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj’s car, which was stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway south of Montreal in 2010.
Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a message 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.”
Emma Czornobaj said she’s an avid animal lover and only wanted to help the ducklings by taking them home. She is facing up to 14 years in jail. The sentencing will be held August 8.
Is this fair? Many people would stop for animals. I think the message “don’t stop” is severely misguided and cruel. A better message would be to make sure you pull off in a safe place. I’m having a hard time comprehending this story. Is there more too it than we are given?
There is a petition to stop her from going to jail, whatever good that will do. There is also a claim that the police reports show the motorcyclist was going over the suggested speed limit here.
It also appears there may be an issue with the law in this case even though there was no criminal intent.
Regardless, the punishment seems harsh. Shouldn’t jail be used for people who need punishment? Is this helpful?