she stopped her car and tried to usher them to safety
her good intentions, however, had tragic consequences and she now faces the prospect of spending the rest of her life in prison
for Ms Czornobaj stopped her car in . . .
the ‘fast’ lane and did not switch her hazard lights on
a 50 yr old man, André Roy, and his 16 yr old daughter, Jessie – riding a Harley-Davidson – slammed in to the stationary car and died from their injuries
André Roy’s widow did not seek to press charges against Ms Czornobaj and does not apparently wish to see a custodial sentence passed down but the state, it seems, is determined that Ms Czornobaj should go to jail
it seems one member of the jury went against the majority and refused to bring in a guilty verdict until he/she was eventually browbeaten by the rest to change their mind – http://tinyurl.com/ktzh6m2
perhaps that lone juror, like me, was wondering if André Roy may have been able to avoid the parked car if he had not been speeding – in other words, his speeding was a contributory factor leading to the death of he and his daughter
or perhaps that lone juror, like me, was wondering why the prosecution chose to charge Ms Czornobaj with ‘criminal’ negligence? Admittedly, what she did was stupid, but she acted with the best of intentions. There was no malice intended towards André Roy, or any other road user. She made an error of judgement that had tragic consequences – there was no criminal intent to kill André Roy and his daughter, or any other person
in these circumstances, what is to be gained by sending Ms Czornobaj to prison ?