Canadian woman found guilty of crash after stopping to save ducks


A 25-year-old Quebec woman was found guilty of causing a fatal crash because she was trying to rescue a group of ducks on the side of the road.

Emma Czornobaj was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. In 2010, Czornobaj parked her Honda Civic in the left lane of a highway to try to save the ducklings.

Seconds later, a motorcycle crashed into her car. The motorcyclist, 50-year-old Andre Roy, and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie died of injuries suffered in the crash.

"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," said prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse.

"My feelings are it's time that we go on. This will not bring my loved ones (back)," said Pauline Volikakis, wife and mother of the victims.

The defense called the incident an unfortunate accident throughout the case, saying Czornobaj was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and wasn't speeding. Her attorney plans to appeal.

"I'm not sure in Canada you can be found guilty of a crime with that short proof of an intent," said attorney Marc Labelle.

CBC News reported Czornobaj told police she didn't see the ducklings mother around, so she planned to take them home.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 8, the defense plans to appeal.