The semi driver involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has pleaded guilty to all 29 counts he was facing.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was in a Melfort courtroom on the morning on January 8th where he pleaded guilty to all 29 counts, 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Due to the guilty plea, there will be no trial, sentencing will take place on January 28th.
"All I can say is that I'm relieved he took the onus on it and we don't have to go through a trial," said Marilyn Hay, the mother of Tyler Bieber who was one of the 16 that passed away on April 6th.
"Mr. Sidhu’s guilty pleas are a positive step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, the team and our community. I commend Mr. Sidhu for taking responsibility for his actions and sparing the survivors and the families the anguish and turmoil of rehashing this tragedy in court. I know Mr. Sidhu has also been deeply affected by this tragedy. His careless actions will haunt him for the rest of his life, and I’m sure it is a relief to move forward," said Humboldt Bronco’s President Jamie Brockman in a media release.
"It is a relief that Mr. Sidhu entered a guilty plea. My family and I, and I'm sure all the families involved, are relieved that we don't have to go through a lengthy trial. We now will be preparing our victim impact statements to be presented at the sentencing hearing," said Lyle Broms, the father of the late Dayna Brons, the former athletic therapist of Humboldt Broncos.
More to come.