TORONTO: A 30-year-old Indian truck driver in Canada was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday for causing a bus crash that killed 16 people, mostly members of a junior hockey team, in one of the worst disasters in the country’s sporting community.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty in January to 29 counts of dangerous driving causing death or bodily injury.
On April 6, 2018, Sidhu’s semi-trailer truck failed to stop at a highway intersection, killing 16 people and injuring 13 on the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and others en route to a playoff game.
Sidhu appeared in a Melfort court Friday.
Judge Inez Cardinal empathised with the victims’ families as she read out her sentencing decision.
“Most find the pain unbearable,” she said. “Families have been torn apart.”
Sidhu received a sentence of eight years for each fatality and five years for each person injured, to be served concurrently (at the same time).
Cardinal said no case in Canada resembles this one due to the staggering number of dead and injured. She said she knows this has been difficult, but hopes Sidhu and the victims’ loved ones can now heal.