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11 January 2019, 03:57 | Glen Norman
Semi driver charged in Humboldt Broncos crash granted adjournment to new year
On Tuesday, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of risky driving causing death and 13 charges of unsafe driving causing bodily harm following last year's April 6 crash, according to the Associated Press. The maximum for risky driving causing bodily harm is 10 years.
Crown lawyer Thomas Healey said the court might need up to five days for a sentencing hearing, which is to begin January 28, and he will not comment further until after that.
The driver of the semi that collided with the Humboldt Broncos bus will have another court appearance Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Sidhu did not speak as he left the court but his lawyer, Mark Brayford, read a prepared statement to reporters.
The Humboldt Broncos, a team made up of athletes aged 16 to 20, were on their way to a Saskatchewan Junior League playoff game in Nipawin, Canada, when Sidhu's transport truck crashed into the hockey team bus.
Last month in Melfort provincial court, and following the release by the provincial government of 13 recommendations to improve safety at the intersection where the crash took place, Judge Inez Cardinal granted more time for Sidhu, 29, to select his mode of trial.
He said he will have to spend the rest of his life without his son, and the driver will have to spend the rest of his life living with the guilt for that.
Sidhu's rig collided with the bus at an intersection which had a stop sign posted from Sidhu's direction. The truck had a stop sign.
July 9, 2018: Parents of Adam Herold, the youngest player killed in the crash, file a lawsuit. "I know Mr. Sidhu has also been deeply affected by this tragedy".
Thomas says the sentence doesn't matter as much as the guilty plea. "However, I also hope that by doing so, he doesn't get an absurdly reduced sentence as per our justice system".
Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed in the crash, said she's glad the families involved would avoid an "exhaustive and heartbreaking trial".
One of those collisions was deadly.
The driver of the semi-truck was unharmed.
Sukhmander Singh, owner and director of Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. and Sidhu's employer at the time of the crash, faces eight counts of failing to comply with various safety and log-keeping regulations. Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.
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