Emma Czornobaj, who stopped for ducks causing 2 deaths, appeals sentence
Woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 10-year driving ban after causing deaths of 2 people
Emma Czornobaj, the Quebec woman who stopped for ducks on a highway causing the deaths of two people in 2010, will appeal her sentence.
The Quebec Court of Appeal made the announcement Friday, about three weeks after Czornobaj was sentenced to 90 days in jail — to be served on weekends.
The 26-year-old woman from the Montreal suburb of Châteauguay was to begin serving time this weekend, but since she is appealing her sentence she will remain free.
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Czornobaj’s sentence also includes a 10-year ban from holding a driver's licence. That’s been put on hold as well, pending her appeal.
Czornobaj was convicted in June of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death in the 2010 deaths of André Roy, 50, and his 16-year-old daughter, Jessie.
The woman had stopped her car in the left-hand lane of a provincial highway in Candiac, south of Montreal, to help the ducks cross the road.
Roy's motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj's car, killing him and his daughter, who was riding on the back.