Truck driver in Humboldt crash sentenced to 8 years

Leroy Wright
March 25, 2019

She said that finding a just sentence is a highly individualized process and that 'the impact of this tragedy will be felt by Canadians for years to come'. Sidhu was joined in the room by around a dozen supporters, while several of the victims' family members were wearing Broncos jerseys and bunnyhugs, with the last names of their loved ones on the back.

The bus carrying players and coaching staff from the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was hit by the semi-trailer on Friday, April 6.

Going between 86 and 96 kilometres an hour, Sidhu did not stop at the intersection of Highways 335 and 35 after missing four highway-related signs in the 406 metres leading up to a four-foot wide stop sign.

While Cardinal accepted that he did not purposefully run the stop sign to save time, she said there was ample opportunity to react to the intersection if he'd been paying attention.

It was determined that Sidhu's actions caused the collision and that alcohol, drugs and distracted driving were not factors in the crash.

According to CBC, the crown prosecution called for a sentence of 10 years in prison while the defence, without offering an explicit recommendation, cited cases of risky driving that only resulted in 1.5 to 4.5 years.

Sidhu's lawyers say he's likely to face deportation to his home country of India after he serves time.

"For us, our life doesn't change".

- Sidhu entered early guilty pleas to all charges.

Brad Cross and Marilyn Cross parents of the Humboldt Broncos assistant coach Mark Cross walk out of the Kerry Vickar Centre after the sentencing for truck driver Jaskirat Sidhu
Humboldt truck driver gets 8-year sentence

"This past year has been extremely hard".

Chris Joseph, whose 20-year-old son Jaxon also died, said the trial outcome was "probably the best for all of the parties" but added, "Me personally I knew that I'd be disappointed no matter what. And we're proud to be a family of Broncos that have come together".

Sidhu's uncle issued a statement on behalf of his family extending honest sympathies to the 29 families and thanking them for the sympathy and understanding they have shown Sidhu. "We also feel indebted to the families and the Canadian public at large for the support, sympathy and understanding they have shown ... for my nephew and our families".

She acknowledged that Sidhu was remorseful but had to take into account the number of people who were killed, injured, or affected in the crash.

- He had ample time to stop but did not brake, reduce his speed or take evasive action.

"The Crown trusts that this sentence will send a very strong message to everyone using our highways, and that message is that criminal driving will not be tolerated".

Sidhu had been hired by Calgary-based company Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. about three weeks before the crash. He spent two weeks with another trucker before heading out on his own for his first time.

"This past year has been extremely hard", Humboldt Broncos president Jamie Brockman said in a statement.

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