Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the semi-truck driver involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Melfort provincial court Judge Inez Cardinal delivered her decision Friday, determining the 30-year-old’s fate after he was in a rural Saskatchewan collision that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.
Sidhu had pleaded guilty in January to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
He was sentenced to eight years for each count of causing death, and five years for each count of bodily harm. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Cardinal said she focussed on precedents set in cases involving truck drivers charged with dangerous driving in coming to her decision.
“Somehow, we must stop the carnage on our highways,” Cardinal said.
“Attention to the road matters.”
Cardinal said nothing was blocking Sidhu’s view, he failed to see five signs, the bus or the intersection.
“It is baffling, and incomprehensible, that a professional driver, even one with little experience, could miss so many markers over such a long distance,” she wrote in her decision.
The Humboldt Broncos said in a statement they are thankful the legal matter is over and Sidhu took responsibility for his actions.
“Having this legal matter settled and the sentencing complete is a big step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, our organization and the community of Humboldt and surrounding area,” Broncos president Jamie Brockman said.
“The sentence is subject to varying opinions but what is important is that Mr. Sidhu plead guilty, has shown remorse and has remained accountable for his careless actions.”
The collision happened after Sidhu drove through a stop sign on April 6, 2018, and collided with the bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection as it was carrying the Broncos to a playoff game.
Sixteen people were killed and 13 others injured.
A sentencing hearing in January heard that Sidhu was going between 86 and 96 km/h when he passed four signs warning him about the upcoming intersection before he came up to an oversized stop sign with a flashing light.