Woman Who Caused Death of Father & Teen Daughter Had Good Intentions

A kind-hearted woman who wanted to rescue some ducklings now faces life in prison. The animal-loving woman, 25-year-old Emma Czornobaj, spotted some young ducklings without their mother on the side of a Canadian highway, and stopped in the left lane to try to corral them and bring them home. Unfortunately, a man and his 16-year-old daughter were riding on a motorcycle behind her. When she stopped, they crashed into her and died.

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Czornobaj had never been in trouble with the law before that fateful day. She is a financial analyst who graduated on the Dean's List. It's clear her heart was in the right place.

Unfortunately, she wasn't thinking too clearly, and it cost a dad and his teen daughter their lives. Still, the woman was reportedly shocked at the jury finding her guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death, which could land her in prison for life.

Her lawyer said they may appeal the conviction, adding:

This was not a race. This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk. This is not about someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver.

Well, actually, stopping in the middle of a highway is a risky maneuver. Additionally, a witness testified that Czornobaj didn't have her hazard lights on, and she had her side door open.

This is really a tragedy all the way around. A family has lost a father and daughter. Two people lost their lives. And a woman who isn't a criminal will be in prison. No word even what happened to the ducklings.
 
I feel for this woman because I could see myself doing something like this. Hopefully, I would be much more cautious, but I don't think I could pass a dog, cat, kitten, duck, or any animal on the highway without doing something about it. But this story has made me think about the consequences of such action.

If you find yourself in this position, pull to the breakdown lane. Use your hazard lights. Call 911. And beware that a highway is a dangerous place and everyone on it is counting on you to drive safely.

 

Does she deserve prison?


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