On Friday, Emma Czornobaj was convicted on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. Her crime? Stopping her car on the left lane of a highway south of Montreal to help a group of motherless ducklings. This caused 50-year-old motorcyclist Andre Roy to slam into her Honda Civic, killing him and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie. Everything is terrible.

According to AP:

Czornobaj, a self-professed animal lover, told the court that she did not see the ducklings' mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them home.


Uhhhh, sure I love me some cute things. I often write about them. I understand the urge to want to save baby ducks. But fully stopping a car in the passing lane of a highway is an insanely dumb thing to do. Roy was believed to have been traveling between 113 and 129 km/hr or around 75 mph, when he hit Czornobaj's stopped car.

Czornobaj's pre-sentence hearing is on August 8—she faces a maximum life sentence. As for Pauline Volikakis, who lost her husband and daughter in the crash, the sentence doesn't mean that much:

"I don't wish misfortune on anyone," Volikakis said. "It's time that we go on. This will not bring (back) my loved ones."

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