MELFORT — Scott Thomas felt at least some sense of relief, As the man responsible for the deaths of 16 people and injuries of 13 others in a Saskatchewan highway tragedy pleaded guilty to each charge laid against him.
When Sidhu’s semi-unit loaded with peat moss and the Broncos bus collided in rural Saskatchewan 16 people were killed and 13 players were injured
The driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team’s bus pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges against him.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu said “I plead guilty, your honor,” as he stood before a judge in a court in Melfort, Sask.
’Sidhu’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, said outside court, “His position to me was, ’I just want to plead guilty. I don’t want you to plea bargain. I don’t want a trial,” his client beside him with his head down.
“Mr. Sidhu advised me: ’I don’t want to make things any worse. I can’t make things any better, but I certainly don’t want to make them worse by having a trial.”’
Sidhu was charged with dangerous driving for 16 counts of causing death and 13 dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Brayford said, “He wanted the families to know that he’s devastated by the grief that he’s caused them,” “And he’s overwhelmed by the expressions of sympathy and kindness that some of the families and players have expressed to him in spite of the fact their grief is entirely his fault.”
It might need up to five days for sentencing, which is to begin Jan. 28 and would not be commenting until after that said Crown lawyer Thomas Healey
The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years. It’s 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Evan was among those who died in the collision, his father Scott Thomas, said he now has a sense of closure.
“He was guilty. He acknowledged that. That was all I needed to hear,” Thomas told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “The rest of the sentence doesn’t matter to me … It’s not going to bring Evan back. I’ve got to spend the rest of my life with it. He’s got to spend the rest of his life with it.”
Watch video on what Brandon Bieber, whose brother, Broncos radio broadcaster Tyler Bieber, died in the collision said on this decision.