The driver of the semi-truck that collided into a hockey team bus in Canada last April, killing 16 people on board, pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges against him.
The man accused in the Humboldt Broncos crash is pleading guilty to charges of risky driving causing death and unsafe driving causing bodily harm.
The semi driver at the centre of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy pleaded guilty in Melfort provincial court Tuesday morning, with his lawyer saying the reason for his plea is that he didn't want to make anything harder on families by having a trial.
Mark Brayford, Sidhu's lawyer, said even though the defence is expecting more evidence to be handed over, his client wanted to plead guilty to each of the 29 charges.
Judge Inez Cardinal's sentencing is scheduled to begin Monday, January 28 in Melfort, and could take up to five days to complete, according to CBC.
The maximum sentence for risky driving causing death is 14 years, and 10 years for unsafe driving causing injury. The maximum sentence for unsafe driving causing death is 14 years.
"There's a big a hole in our family for the rest of our lives but we are not the only ones to go through this".
He says it doesn't matter to him whether Sidhu spends one day or 10 years in jail for the crash at a Saskatchewan intersection last spring.
Michelle Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed in the crash, said she's glad the families involved would avoid an "exhaustive and heartbreaking trial". It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot.
The collision happened at the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 335.
The review further recommended rumble strips, larger signs and painting "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" on the road.
Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.
October 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu.
The crash prompted Saskatchewan and Alberta to introduce stricter rules for driver training and licensing. Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.
Sukhmander Singh, owner and director of Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. and Sidhu's employer at the time of the crash, faces eight counts of failing to comply with various safety and log-keeping regulations. "However, I also hope that by doing so, he doesn't get an absurdly reduced sentence as per our justice system".