Woman saving ducks guilty of causing fatal crash

(CNN) – A Quebec woman who stopped her car on a highway for crossing ducks was found guilty of a fatal crash in court. A jury concluded the victims, a motorcyclist and his daughter, died because of the woman’s actions.

25-year-old Emma Czornobaj hid her face as she left the courtroom where she was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

“What we hope is a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals, it is not worth it.”

The verdict comes almost four years to the day after her deadly decision.

Czornobaj parked her car in the left hand lane of a highway, and tried to rescue a group of ducks. Seconds later, a motorcycle crashed into her Honda Civic. 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie died of injuries sustained in the crash.

“My feelings are, it’s time that we go on; this will not bring my loved ones.”

Throughout the trial, the defense called it an unfortunate accident, not a criminal act.

“There was no ill will at all, no alcohol, no drugs, no speeding, no race.”

Marc Labelle says he may appeal the judge’s decision.

“I’m not sure in Canada you can be found guilty of a crime with that short proof of intent.”

The defense is asking for Czornobaj not to serve any jail time. The Crown has not yet revealed its intentions. Sentencing arguments will be heard August 8th.

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