Driver who stopped for ducks gets jail, 10-year driving ban

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The woman who stopped her car in the left lane of a Montreal highway to herd ducklings to safety, which led to the death of a motorcyclist and his teen daughter, will not spend the rest of her life in prison, Canadian media outlets report.

Emma Czornobaj, 26, was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail, no driving for 10 years and 240 hours of community service. She will report to jail on Jan. 10, serving out her sentence on the weekends, the Montreal Gazette, CTV News and CBC News report.

On June 27, 2010, Czornobaj was driving westbound along Highway 30 in Candiac, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, when she came upon seven ducklings in the road. She stopped her Honda Civic in the left lane of the highway to make sure the ducklings were OK. While she was stopped, Roy’s motorcycle crashed into the rear of her car.

Czornobaj initially told police she had her hazard lights on, but witnesses testified in court that she did not, according to the National Post.

On June 20, almost four years to the day of the fatal accident, a Canadian jury found Czornobaj guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum life sentence, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle leading to death, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The prosector, Annie Claude Chasse, asked that Czornobaj serve nine months in prison and 240 hours of community service.

I am all for taking care of nature and it’s creatures, But it should never be done over the safety of human beings, Even though some don’t deserve it.