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Semi-truck driver in deadly Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guilty

10 January 2019

The truck driver charged in connection with the fatal collision involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus has pleaded guilty to all 29 charges.

The semi driver at the centre of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy pleaded guilty in Melfort Provincial Court Tuesday morning. Sidhu, 29, is facing 16 charges of risky driving causing death and 13 charges of unsafe driving causing bodily harm.

The bus had the right of way when it collided with the semi Sidhu was driving at the intersection of Highways 3 and 335 north of Tisdale on April 6, 2018.

Sidhu, 30, was driving a transport truck westbound on Highway 355 in rural Saskatchewan last spring when he collided with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus, investigators said.

A date for sentencing was not immediately known. "That's all I needed to hear", Thomas continued.

His wife added she's anxious the guilty plea will lead to a lighter sentence for Sidhu. I don't want you to plea bargain.

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"I don't want a trial, '" attorney Mark Brayford said outside court. His lawyer later said Mr. Sidhu did not want to put the families through a trial.

The family of 21-year old Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., said in a statement that "as much as this sounds insane, we appreciate his remorsefulness". "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me ..."

"It brought a lot of us back to April 6 but we respect the fact that he was able to do that with his own voice".

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.

Ryan Straschnitzki's mother, Michelle, says she hopes the plea doesn't mean the driver will get what she calls an "absurdly reduced sentence".

He said he will have to spend the rest of his life without his son, and the driver will have to spend the rest of his life living with the guilt for that.

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"There's a big a hole in our family for the rest of our lives but we are not the only ones to go through this".

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu leaves provincial court in Melfort, Sask., Tuesday, January, 8, 2019.

"This important work was necessary", Saskatchewan RCMP assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki said then of the long investigative process.

The speed of the vehicles, point of impact, position of the vehicles, impairment, road and weather conditions, and witness evidence were all considered, RCMP said.

"In order to lay these charges, we require evidence the motor vehicle was being operated in a manner that is unsafe to the public", a spokesman said.

Sidhu, 29, was arrested in July at his home in Calgary following a lengthy investigation.

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Semi-truck driver in deadly Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guilty