Semi-truck driver in deadly Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guilty

Jaskirat Sidhu

Jaskirat Sidhu

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, was originally scheduled to appear Tuesday in Melfort provincial court in Saskatchewan for defence election but instead entered guilty pleas to 16 counts of unsafe driving causing death and 13 counts of risky driving causing bodily harm in connection with the crash last April.

The semi driver at the centre of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy pleaded guilty in Melfort Provincial Court Tuesday morning.

The maximum for unsafe driving causing bodily harm is 10 years.

On April 6, 2018, Sidhu's truck crashed into the Humboldt Broncos team bus as the junior hockey team was travelling to a playoff game in Saskatchewan.

The driver of the tractor-trailer that collided with the Humboldt Broncos' team bus admitted on Tuesday that he caused the crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others, saying he wanted to spare their families a painful trial.

A date for sentencing was not immediately known.

He paraphrased Sidhu, saying, "I can't make things better, but I certainly don't want to make things worse".

A sentencing hearing is to begin January 28.

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"I don't want a trial, '" attorney Mark Brayford said outside court.

In Saskatchewan, the starting point for risky driving causing death when no alcohol is involved is about two years, Fox said, with sentences rising based on aggravating factors. I've got to spend the rest of my life with it. "He's got to spend the rest of his life with it".

Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed in the crash, said she's glad the families involved would avoid an "exhaustive and heartbreaking trial". It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot.

Since 1990, six collisions had taken place at the same intersection and another 14 happened on roads nearby.

Sidhu's rig collided with the bus at an intersection which had a stop sign posted from Sidhu's direction. The truck had a stop sign. "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me ..."

"All I remember was the bus driver screaming and something pulling in front of us and I kind of blacked out from there and then woke up against the semi-truck looking at the mayhem". Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.

The owner of a Calgary trucking company that hired Singh was also charged after the crash.

Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces eight charges relating to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations in the months before the crash.

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