2 dead in duck-helping case: woman gets prison


MONTREAL – A widow whose husband and daughter were killed when their motorcycle crashed into a woman’s car as she helped ducks on a highway is satisfied with the accused’s 90-day prison term.

Besides the detention, Emma Czornoba must do 240 hours of community service and is prohibited from driving for 10 years.

She will serve the prison sentence on weekends.

After Czornobaj stopped her car in June 2010 to rescue ducklings on the side of the highway, the motorcycle carrying Andre Roy and his teenager daughter Jessie slammed into her vehicle. A jury convicted her of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Pauline Volikakis, the wife and mother of the victims, says the family was hoping for a significant sentence and got it.

She told reporters outside the courtroom she’s happy the family can turn the page and move on with a positive attitude instead of a negative one.

Volikakis added the sentence should not be taken lightly, stressing that driving is a privilege.

The Crown was seeking nine months of detention and the 240 hours of community service, while the defence argued she should only get the community service.

Czornobaj’s lawyer, Marc Labelle, has said he likely won’t appeal the 90-day sentence but will appeal the driving ban.