Woman found guilty of causing deadly crash by helping ducks

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

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

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:59 PM ET

MONTREAL -- A woman who triggered a deadly collision near Montreal while helping a family of ducks cross the road was convicted on Friday of criminal negligence causing death.

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.

Czornobaj told the court that she was trying to rescue the 8 ducks.

Another motorist swerved and just missed Czornobaj's car.

The witness then saw Roy and his daughter crash their Harley-Davidson into the vehicle.


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