Woman who caused fatal crash saving ducklings faces life in prison

QUEBEC — A Quebec woman who stopped her car on a highway for crossing ducks was found guilty of a fatal crash in court.

A jury concluded the victims — a motorcyclist and his daughter — died because of the woman’s actions.

Emma Czornobaj, 25, hid her face as she left the courtroom where she was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

The verdict comes almost four years to the day after her deadly decision. Czornobaj parked her car in the left hand lane of a highway and tried to rescue a group of ducks.

Seconds later, a motorcycle crashed into her Honda Civic. Officials said 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Throughout the trial, the defense called it an unfortunate accident, not a criminal act. They said there was no ill will at all, no alcohol, no drugs, no speeding, no race.

Marc Labelle says he may appeal the judge’s decision.

“I’m not sure in Canada you can be found guilty of a crime with that short proof of an intent,” he said.

The defense is asking for Czornobaj not to serve any jail time.

Sentencing arguments will be heard August 8th.

CNN contributed to this report.


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