The trial and subsequent guilty verdict against Emma Czornobaj, the woman accused of criminal negligence causing death has upset many people and with cause.
On June 27, 2010, Emma Czornobaj was driving along Highway 30 near Candiac, Quebec when she spotted some young ducklings waddling on the road. she decided to help them by parking her car along the left shoulder of the highway and coaxing them into her car so she can bring them to safety. However, a man driving his motorcycle with his daughter crashed into the car parked alongside the road, then died as did his daughter. A year later, formal charges were filed stating that her conduct was dangerous and reckless…and criminal.
Here are facts of the case…
1. The event happened on a Sunday night with little if any traffic
2. Two other cars were able to avoid her car.
3. The motorcycle driver was driving between 113 and 129 km/h according to the SQ
4. The speed of the motorcycle driver was not to be taken into consideration by the jury according to the judge.
5. The charges were laid upon her one year after the events took place indicating that this was not a cut and dry case.
The prosecutor in this case, Annie-Claude Chassé, has come at this with a zeal that I have rarely seen. She wants jail time for Emma Czornobaj and nothing less. In fact, a deal was proposed for Miss Czornobaj to plead guilty but the prosecution insisted on jail time so the deal was refused by Czornobaj. They went to trial and she was found guilty by a jury that asked plenty of questions to the judge indicating that they were struggling with this too.
This is no more than a tragic accident. A woman wanted to help some ducklings and got out of her car to do so. A motorcyclist driving too fast just couldn’t avoid her and crashed into her car. This is why speed limits exist. They greatly improve your reaction time when driving. Its more than possible he would be alive today had he been going 100 km/h or less. Two other cars were able to avoid her, why not him?
It was said that she did not have her hazards on then it was said that she did, this testimony contradicts therefore cannot be used.
Emma Czornobaj has no criminal record and by all accounts lives a trouble free life, yet she’s being hounded by a prosecutor who just can’t see this for the accident that it is. She is punishing the result and not the action. So what we have is a terrible tragic accident followed by an incredible injustice.
I hope she appeals the verdict. Her lawyer stated on Dutrisac heard on 98.5 that she may not have the means for an appeal, I hope that was an appeal for sympathy, otherwise she might want to get another lawyer. Some causes go beyond money and this is one of those causes.
Emma Czornobaj had already gone through 4 years of this, she doesn’t deserve more added on here in terms of a prison sentence. Prison isn’t meant for this type of incident, tragic though it was.
The wife/mother of the victims doesn’t want charges laid and she most of all would have the reason to want to get back at Czornobaj.
If she doesn’t appeal then I hope that she gets NO jail time although is seems unlikely, given what’s happened, that the prosecutor will allow that. Its up to the judge to apply common sense here and afford her no jail time. After all, the only thing Emma Czornobaj is guilty of is empathy.
There is a petition asking for leniency for Emma Czornobaj. I ask that you sign it if you feel this is a terrible injustice….