MELFORT, Sask. — A truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash is to be sentenced in a Saskatchewan courtroom on Friday.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving.
Sidhu barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.
Some victims’ families are calling for that 10-year maximum the Crown is asking for, others want mercy. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu’s lawyers have asked for between one-and-a-half and four years in prison.
For others, like former NHLer Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon was killed in last April’s tragedy, it doesn’t seem to matter.
“I’m already set in my mind that I’m going to be disappointed,” Joseph said. “I don’t know if there’s any number that would make me happy, but I feel like I’m going to come back disappointed.”
Sentencing starts at 9am Pacific in the #Humboldtbroncos case. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu faces up to 10 yrs in prison. Defence asking for 1.5 – 4 years. Full coverage leading up to and including, all morning @NEWS1130
— Simon Druker (@Simon_Druker) March 22, 2019
Sidhu’s lawyers have said he is remorseful and is likely to face deportation to his home country of India after he serves any time.
A sentencing hearing in January heard that Sidhu was going between 86 and 96 km/h when he passed four signs warning him about the upcoming intersection before he came up to an oversized stop sign with a flashing light.
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Crown prosecutor Thomas Healey said Sidhu should have seen the busy highway in front of him or a car that was stopped across the road and waiting for the Broncos bus to pass.
He described the truck as a rocket that barrelled into the intersection, which gave the bus driver no time to avoid the crash.
Defence lawyer Mark Brayford said Sidhu was hired by a small Calgary trucking company three weeks earlier. He spent two weeks with another trucker before heading out on his own for his first time.
Brayford suggested Sidhu was distracted by a flapping tarp on the back of his load of peat moss.