Emma Czornobaj of Montreal was found guilty of criminal negligence on Friday causing the death of two people when their motorcycle slammed into her stopped car as she tried to capture orphaned baby ducklings from the side of the road reported the Associated Press.
On June 27, 2010, Czornobaj, 25, an animal lover, stopped her car in the left hand lane on a Montreal highway to rescue the tiny ducks; Czornobaj could not find the mother duck and had planned to capture all of the ducklings and bring them home. Tragically, motorcycle driver Andre Roey, 50, and his 16-year-old daughter, the passenger on the back, crashed into the woman's car killing both of them.
The unanimous decision from the 12-member jury panel convicted Czornobaj of two counts of criminal negligence causing deaths and two counts of dangerous driving causing deaths. Czornobaj could face a life sentence for the criminal negligence counts and 14 years in prison for the other counts of dangerous driving.
The victim's wife and mother of the teen, left the courthouse crying, but stated it was time to move on and a harsh sentence would not bring back her family.
At the end of the trial, Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse stated:
"What we hope is that a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals. It's not worth it."
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