Guilty plea merciful, but sentence can’t be
The heartbreak of humboldt will never fade for those nearest and dearest to the 29 people involved in the tragedy. Fellow Canadians devastated by the april 6, 2018, bus crash — which claimed the lives of 16 members of the humboldt Broncos junior hockey organization and injured 13 others — have tried to share the burden of grief those families carry to the best of their abilities.
as we pass another milestone on this painful journey, we can be thankful for small mercies.
on Tuesday, truck driver Jaskirat singh sidhu pleaded guilty to all charges against him: 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
a sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 28 for the man who was driving the truck that collided with the Broncos team bus.
By pleading guilty in the Melfort, sask., court, sidhu has waived his right to a trial, which would have been a devastatingly emotional replay of that tragic day for all the families concerned.
as we already have heard from some of the humboldt families, many will find some small measure of comfort in not going through the ordeal of a trial.
and while sidhu’s lawyer has indicated the Calgary truck driver wished to spare the families any further suffering, we still expect him to face the full punishment available to the court.
as we have said from the beginning of this terrible journey, we will not forget the humboldt Broncos.
Today ,we remember dayna Brons, Parker Tobin, darcy haugan, Brody hinz, Logan schatz, Jaxon Joseph, adam herold, Mark Cross, Tyler Bieber, stephen Wack, Logan hunter, Conner Lukan, glen doerksen, evan Thomas, Jacob Leicht and Logan Boulet.
and today, we also are thinking of those who survived the horrific crash: Xavier Labelle, nicholas shumlanski, ryan straschnitzki, Morgan gobeil, Matthieu gomercic, Tyler smith, derek Patter, graysen Cameron, Kaleb dahlgren, Layne Matechuk, Brayden Camrud, Bryce Fisk and Jacob Wasserman.
In a story without a happy ending, all we can do is our very best to help those still going through this traumatic experience.
and if we can make a difference by changing laws, better enforcing laws, adding seatbelts to all buses and generally doing all we can to ensure this doesn’t happen again, then that is what we must do.