On Tuesday, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of risky driving causing death and 13 charges of unsafe driving causing bodily harm following last year's April 6 crash, according to the Associated Press.
Sixteen people died and 13 players were injured when Jaskirat Singh Sidhu's semi loaded with peat moss collided with the Humboldt Broncos' bus in rural Saskatchewan. Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of risky driving causing death and 13 more of unsafe driving causing bodily harm.
Sidhu's lawyer, Mark Brayford, spoke outside the courthouse after the plea on behalf of his client.
Sidhu's case has been adjourned until January 28 for sentencing. The maximum penalty for risky driving causing death is 14 years. It's 10 years for unsafe driving causing bodily harm. I don't want a trial.' Mr. Sidhu advised me: 'I don't want to make things any worse.
"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".
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.
The report recommended the removal of the trees, rumble strips, larger signs and painting "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" on the road.
The next question for Joseph and the other families affected by the crash is how to move on with their lives without their loved ones by their sides.
The bus was travelling north on Highway 35 and the semi was westbound on Highway 335, which has a stop sign.
Saskatchewan officials apologize for mixing up the identities of one of the dead and one of the survivors.
October 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu. "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me ..."
The driver of the semi-truck was unharmed.
The owner of the Calgary-based trucking company is also facing a number of charges in the case, including two counts of failing to maintain logs for drivers hours of service, three counts of failing to monitor the compliance of a driver under safety regulations, and two counts of having more than one daily log for any day.
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