Woman Who Stopped to Help Ducklings Found Guilty of Causing Two Human Deaths

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 23, 2014 | 10:48 AM EDT

Canadian Emma Czornobaj, 25, who pulled over on a highway to help a group of injured ducklings, faces life in prison after a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter slammed into her parked car and were killed.

In the Montreal courthouse earlier this month, she was found guilty by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum life sentence, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Czornobaj said she saw the ducklings on the side of the highway without their mother and she planned to take the ducklings home with her. But, Czornobaj parked on the left lane of the highway without her hazard lights on. That's when Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16, slammed into her car and were killed instantly.

Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a message for motorists: "What we hope is that a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals. It's not worth it."