Sometimes being an animal lover can get you into serious trouble, especially if you’re not thinking of your fellow man. In 2010, Emma Czornobaj stopped her car in the left lane of a Canadian highway south of Montreal to rescue a group of ducklings. However, a motorcyclist riding with his daughter as a passenger crashed into the back of Czornobaj’s car while it was stopped, killing them both.
The case went to trial, and the story has dominated Canadian news for some time now. On Friday, Czornobaj was convicted of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death in a Canadian court. According to the CBC, her explanation in court was that she saw the ducklings along the side of the road without their mother in sight. As an animal lover, she decided to stop her car to rescue the birds and take them home with her.
Her punishment for the deaths isn’t yet known, but according to the Montreal Gazette, sentencing is scheduled for August. Czornobaj’s lawyer is trying to make sure she gets no jail time because this is a first offense and there was no criminal intent in the fatalities. Regardless of the sentencing outcome, it’s a tragedy all around. Scroll down for a video with commentary about the jury’s decision.
Czornobaj found guilty of two motorists’ deaths after stopping car to save ducks [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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