Truck driver in crash of hockey team's bus pleads guilty

Truck driver in crash of hockey team's bus pleads guilty

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu made a brief appearance in a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to 16 counts of risky driving causing death as well as 13 counts of unsafe driving causing bodily harm, meaning there will be no trial.

The bus and his semi collided at the Armley Corner April 6th, as the Broncos were travelling to Nipawin to face the Hawks in the SJHL playoffs.

Jaskirat Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of unsafe driving causing death and 13 causing bodily harm.

A sentencing hearing will be held at the end of this month and is scheduled for five days because of the amount of victim impact statements to be heard.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu made a brief appearance Tuesday morning in provincial court in Melfort, Sask.

The bus had the right of way when it collided with the semi Sidhu was driving at the intersection of Highways 3 and 335 north of Tisdale on April 6, 2018. The maximum penalty for unsafe driving causing death is 14 years; it's 10 years for risky driving causing bodily harm.

According to the Canadian Press, the crash caused the Saskatchewan government to do a review to improve safety at the intersection where the crash happened.

He said he will have to spend the rest of his life without his son, and the driver will have to spend the rest of his life living with the guilt for that.

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The review further recommended rumble strips, larger signs and painting "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" on the road. Sixteen people - including 10 players and the team's head coach- were killed and another 13 players were injured.

One of those collisions was deadly. "However, I also hope that by doing so, he doesn't get an absurdly reduced sentence".

The crash prompted Saskatchewan and Alberta to introduce stricter rules for driver training and licensing. His lawyer later said Mr. Sidhu did not want to put the families through a trial.

Previously, Saskatchewan Government Insurance accredited driving schools but training was not mandatory.

October 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu.

The vehicle belonged to a small Calgary-based trucking firm, whose owner, Sukhmander Singh, has been charged in Alberta with federal and provincial safety violations.

Brayford also expressed Sidhu's deep sorrow over everything he caused.

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