|Young woman's good deed lands her in the courtroom and soon the iron college.|
A woman may face life in the iron college. You know why?
Because she had to stop for a few ducks on the roadway.
Over in Montreal, a woman faces life after she was found guilty of stopping on the highway to help a family of ducks. Unaware that her vehicle was in the lane of a motorcycle rider and his daughter. The motorcycle riders crashed into the back of her vehicle and was thrown off.
The Associated Press reports that Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum life sentence, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail.
|Ducks crossing the roadway. Often people try to help them and risk killing themselves or the animals they try to help.|
She wiped away tears when the verdict was delivered to a packed courtroom in Montreal. Quebec Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault said the 12-member jury voted unanimously.
Czornobaj was released until her pre-sentence hearing on Aug. 8.
Roy's motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj's car, which was stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway south of Montreal in 2010.
|Andre and Jessie Roy|
Defense lawyer Marc Labelle said his client was stunned by the jury's decision.
"The fact that she was involved in the accident in the first place was a hard experience for her," he said. "The fact that she had to go through a trial with a lot of publicity was tough and to be confirmed by 12 citizens, the jury, that the conduct was criminal is a hard blow."
Pauline Volikakis, whose husband and daughter were killed in the collision, briefly fought back tears when she left the courtroom.
"I don't wish misfortune on anyone," Volikakis said. "It's time that we go on. This will not bring (back) my loved ones."
Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a message for motorists.
"What we hope is that a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals. It's not worth it."
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Andre and Jessie Roy.