Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the driver driving the transport truck that crashed with the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus, has pleaded guilty to all charges. He was charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Sidhu isn’t thought to have been distracted at the time of the accident. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor and there were no tire skid marks due to braking by the semi-tractor unit. It simply seems like Sidhu failed to recognize that his vehicle was approaching an intersection and he did not heed the stop sign.”
Outside the courthouse, his lawyer read a prepared statement, saying his client feels terrible and is very sorry.
“His position to me was, ‘I just want to plead guilty.'”
“Mr. Sidhu advised me, ‘I don’t want to make things any worse.'”
The lawyer went on to say that Sidhu is devastated by the grief he’s caused the families.
The case has been adjourned until Jan. 28 where sentencing will likely take three to five days to complete, due to the number of victim impact statements expected to be entered.
The crash killed sixteen people including young players, team staff, the bus driver and a play-by-play announcer. Another 13 were hurt, many with severe and permanent injuries.