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Broncos crash: Cases cited for judge to consider in sentence of truck driver

The Canadian Press
Broncos crash: Cases cited for judge to consider in sentence of truck driver

A Saskatchewan court heard sentencing arguments Thursday at a hearing for the truck driver who caused the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty earlier this month to all 29 charges of dangerous driving.

The Crown has recommended Sidhu be sentenced to 10 years in prison, while his legal team did not put forward a recommendation.

Here is a look at other dangerous driving cases cited during the arguments.

Keith Dunford

Dunford was sentenced to just under two years in jail after he was found guilty of killing a flag worker in a construction zone near Midale, Sask., in August 2012.

Court heard that it was 18-year-old Ashley Richards’s first day on the job when she was struck by Dunford’s speeding SUV.

Richards, who had recently moved from Lakeside, N.B., was thrown about the width of a football field.

Dunford told court said he didn’t see any of the construction warning signs and he was distracted by some papers blowing around in his vehicle.

Mohinder Singh Saini

Saini was a transport truck driver who was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of dangerous driving in a fatal 20-vehicle collision on an Ontario highway.

Saini was charged with four counts of dangerous driving causing death and nine counts of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm.

Two children were among the four people killed: Carl Laws, Jackie Laws, Jesus Duran-Flores and Cuauhtemoc Duran-Flores.

Court heard Saini was driving with a loaded trailer in a construction zone at about 100 km/h when he hit the brakes, but struck a Ford Fiesta and triggered the collision in Whitby, Ont., in October 2015.

The trial judge found that Saini “deliberately lied” to police and court, blaming another driver for the crash.

Normand Lavoie

Lavoie was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to “senselessly” killing three Saskatchewan teenagers.

Justin Gaja, Kristian Skalicky and Carter Stevenson were killed while returning home from football camp on May 3, 2015, when a semi rear-ended their car in a construction zone near Spalding, Sask.

Lavoie told a police officer he felt like he was on auto-pilot before the crash.

Jaswinder Singh Bagri

Bagri was sentenced to three years in prison and received a five-year driving ban after he was found guilty of killing a family of four from Palo Alta, Calif., in Kootenay National Park in July 2011.

Court heard that Bagri was driving westbound through a sharp corner, crossed the centre line and jack-knifed, colliding head on with a camper van near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

All four people in the van – Andrew Howard, his wife Ana-Maria Dias and their children Samantha and Veronica – died in the crash.

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