January 29, 2019 12:14 pm
Updated: January 29, 2019 9:15 pm

Sentencing hearing continues for semi-truck driver in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

WATCH ABOVE: Sentencing continued Tuesday in Melfort, Sask., for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the semi-truck driver who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Ryan Kessler with the details on an emotional day.

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The sentencing hearing for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who pleaded guilty to 29 charges of dangerous driving in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, resumed Tuesday in a temporary courtroom in Melfort, Sask.

Emotions were high as families and loved ones of the victims continue to read impact statements, detailing how the crash on April 6, 2018, changed their lives.

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Andrea Joseph, the mother of Jaxon Joseph, told Sidhu he destroyed their lives and she will never forgive him.

“The fact that people say you made a mistake makes me want to throw up. You knew what you were doing,” Joseph said.

“You hurt my baby. You broke him and for this, I will never forgive you.

“You don’t deserve my forgiveness,” she said, adding she knows what the maximum sentence is and hopes a precedent is set.

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The first person to speak on Tuesday was Christina Haugan, the wife of Bronco’s head coach Darcy Haugan who was killed in the crash.

She said each day is a struggle to get out of bed and the crash left her sons without a strong male influence.

“I have two children. Your actions took their father,” Haugan said.

She told Sidhu no sentence would be adequate for his actions, but she forgave him.

“I want to tell you I forgive you because I too have been forgiven for things I’ve done when I didn’t deserve it,” she said.

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Bonnie Schatz said the crash that killed her son Logan took place on her daughter’s birthday.

“April 6, 2018, was the worst nightmare of my life,” Schatz said.

“I have lost all ambition to do anything. I know life will go on, but how could it without Logan?”

Logan’s sister, Meagan, said an empty chair marked where her brother should have been sitting on her wedding day in September.

“I still find myself crying driving to and from work every day,” Meagan said.

“The love we had was immeasurable.”

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Celelste Liecht, the mother of Jacob Leicht, said her son didn’t hold grudges.

“I choose forgiveness,” she said, adding Sidhu will be in her prayers, just as the families affected by the tragedy will be.

The forensic report found there was no way for the driver of the bus, Glen Doerksen, to avoid the collision.

Sidhu pleaded guilty in early January to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

He faces a maximum sentence of 14 years for each count of dangerous driving causing death and 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

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Seventy-five impact statements have been submitted to court in Melfort; 65 will be read by the victims and their families.

Five days have been set aside for the hearing, which is taking place at the Kerry Vickar Centre to accommodate families, survivors and media.

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