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Woman, 25, faces life in prison for stopping on highway to save ducks

By Mason White 3:49 PM June 23, 2014
Emma Czornobaj 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) An animal lover was found guilty of driving violations after she stopped on a busy highway to save ducks.

Emma Czornobaj, who stopped her car on the highway to rescue the ducks, has been convicted of causing the death of a motorcyclist and his daughter.

The 25-year-old of Montreal, was convicted by a jury on Friday, of two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years imprisonment.

Czornobaj was charged in the death Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16. Czornobaj was released until her pre-sentence hearing after Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault, said the 12-member jury voted unanimously.

The accident occurred when Roy’s motorcycle crashed into Czornobaj’s Honda Civic after she stopped in the left lane of Highway 30 in Quebec. Jessie was sitting in the back of his father’s Harley-Davidson.

The girl’s mother, Pauline Volikakis, was riding her own motorcycle behind her husband and daughter, and watched in horror as they were thrown into the air.

Defense lawyer Marc Labelle, said that he was surprised by the verdict. “This was not a race. This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk. This is not someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver,” he said.