The truck driver who pleaded guilty in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash told families and friends of the victims that he was sorry during the final day of a sentencing hearing in a Melfort, Sask., courtroom.
Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured in April 2018 when the Humboldt Broncos team bus collided with a semi-trailer driven by Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, who was driving for a Calgary-based trucking company.
“I take full responsibility for what has happened. It happened because of my lack of experience,” Sidhu told the court as the victims’ families and friends cried, looked down or stared at him.
“I can’t imagine what you are going through, what you’ve been through,” he said. “I have taken the most valuable things of your life.
“I will be so so so so so sorry from this day.”
Sidhu pleaded guilty to multiple counts of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily injury earlier this month. Judge Inez Cardinal has reserved her sentencing decision until March 22 at 10 a.m.
The Crown attorney in the case is asking for a 10-year prison sentence for Sidhu, to be followed by a 10-year driving ban. The prosecutor wants the penalty for each of Sidhu’s 29 counts to be served concurrently.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Sidhu was solely responsible for the crash.