The Truck Driver Responsible For The Humboldt Broncos' Tragic Bus Accident Pled Guilty To All 29 Charges Against Him, Thus Avoiding Trial
SportingNews- The truck driver involved in the fatal bus crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has pleaded guilty to all 29 charges against him.
Jaskirat Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of motorized vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing bodily injury. He appeared in court in Melfort, Sask., on Tuesday to deliver his plea.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was bound for a playoff game on April 6 when the bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural intersection between Nipawin and Tisdale. Sidhu was not hurt, though 16 died and another 13 were injured.
Sidhu was arrested in July and held in custody before being released on $1,000 bail with conditions.
Oddly enough, in a way that pales greatly in comparison to the sympathy I feel for the countless lives lost or forever negatively altered by his actions, I actually feel a bit bad for Jaskirat Sidhu. Maybe that's an admittance that I, like most, have regrettably been recklessly inattentive behind the wheel for time to time, or maybe it's an understanding that waking up every single morning with that much on your conscience makes not for a life that most would even want to go on living. Whatever the case may be, while someone in charge of that much freight simply has to be more aware of the road, it's tough to look at him as some sort of villain when one stupid mistake cost him a lifetime of peace of mind.
Of course, the list of actual victims is hundreds upon hundreds of people long before you come upon the name of the guy whose inattentiveness resulted in a tragedy that irreparably tore apart families and friends. Still, regardless of them serving as the long overdue upholding of justice, I don't find any of the 29 guilty pleas that have almost certainly been weighing on Jaskirat Sidhu to be particularly absolving of the heartbreak caused. In reality, they are just another painful reminder of how flawed even the best of us are as humans and how fragile any of our lives can be proven in a single instant.