Woman appealing conviction for deadly crash triggered by stop for ducks

Emma Czornobaj. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI AGENCY)

Emma Czornobaj. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

The woman who triggered a deadly collision near Montreal when she stopped to help a family of ducks cross the road is appealing her conviction.

Last month, a jury found Emma Czornobaj, 25, guilty of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing the deaths of motorcyclist Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16.

The father and daughter were hurtled into the air after they rear-ended Czornobaj's car that had been parked in the left lane of Highway 30, just outside of Montreal in Candiac, Que., on June 27, 2010.

The trial heard that Czornobaj, who was driving a Honda Civic, stopped her car, got out and crouched over the ducks, gesturing for them to move, when the motorcyclists slammed into her car. The man and the teen died on impact.

Czornobaj told the court that she was trying to rescue the eight ducks.

The court heard that Czornobaj, who had three years of driving experience, did not put on her hazard lights when she stopped her car.

On Monday, Czornobaj filed papers to appeal the conviction.

Her sentencing hearing was due to start Aug. 8.

The maximum sentence for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years in prison.

More than 12,000 people have signed an online petition to keep Czornobaj out of prison and asking Quebec's justice minister to recommend the "least severe sentence possible."

 


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