Driver charged in Bron­cos crash ex­pected to se­lect method of trial

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MELFORT Af­ter mul­ti­ple ad­journ­ments over the past six months, the Al­berta semi driver charged in the Hum­boldt Bron­cos’ bus crash is sched­uled to ap­pear Tues­day in a Saskatchewan court for de­fence elec­tion.Jaski­rat Singh Sidhu, 29, has not en­tered pleas to the 16 counts of dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death and 13 counts of dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bodily harm he faces in con­nec­tion with the April col­li­sion. Af­ter at­tend­ing his ini­tial court date in July, he has not ap­peared in per­son for hear­ings in Au­gust, two in Oc­to­ber, and one in each of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. He is not re­quired to be present in court un­til a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing takes place.The truck driver was charged af­ter his semi and a bus car­ry­ing the Hum­boldt Bron­cos hockey team col­lided on April 6. The Saskatchewan Ju­nior Hockey League team was head­ing to Ni­pawin for a play­off game while Sidhu was re­turn­ing to Al­berta from Car­rot River when the crash hap­pened north of Tis­dale at the in­ter­sec­tion of high­ways 35 and 335.Six­teen peo­ple were killed in the col­li­sion and 13 were in­jured.Last month in Melfort pro­vin­cial court, and fol­low­ing the re­lease by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of 13 rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove safety at the in­ter­sec­tion where the crash took place, Judge Inez Car­di­nal granted more time for Sidhu, 29, to se­lect his mode of trial.De­fence elec­tion is the process in which the ac­cused chooses to have the case heard at ei­ther the pro­vin­cial court level or the Queen’s Bench level.Sidhu was ar­rested on July 6 at his home in Cal­gary. The max­i­mum sen­tence for dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death is 14 years. The max­i­mum for dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bodily harm is 10 years.

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