The semi driver involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has pled guilty to all 29 counts he was facing.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was in a Melfort courtroom on the morning on January 8th where he pleaded guilty to all 29 counts, 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. 

Due to the guilty plea, there will be no trial, sentencing will take place on January 28th.

"All I can say is that I'm relieved he took the onus on it and we don't have to go through a trial," said Marilyn Hay, the mother of Tyler Bieber who was one of the 16 that passed away on April 6th.

"Mr. Sidhu’s guilty pleas are a positive step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, the team and our community. I commend Mr. Sidhu for taking responsibility for his actions and sparing the survivors and the families the anguish and turmoil of rehashing this tragedy in court. I know Mr. Sidhu has also been deeply affected by this tragedy. His careless actions will haunt him for the rest of his life, and I’m sure it is a relief to move forward," said Humboldt Bronco’s President Jamie Brockman in a media release.

"It is a relief that Mr. Sidhu entered a guilty plea. My family and I, and I'm sure all the families involved, are relieved that we don't have to go through a lengthy trial. We now will be preparing our victim impact statements to be presented at the sentencing hearing," said Lyle Brons, the father of the late Dayna Brons, the former athletic therapist of Humboldt Broncos.

More to come.

More Local News

UPDATE: Train Derailment Highway 11 North

Update from Saskatoon Fire Department: The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has authorized clean-up operations to begin at the derailment site on Highway 11 North of Saskatoon. The rail crossing…

Suspected Break-In at Local Bank in Rose Valley

A suspected break-in occurred on the 100 block on 2nd Ave. South in Rose Valley, SK sometime during the morning of January 22. Currently, no release has been provided by local the RCMP detachment. We…

Train Derailment Highway 11 North

At approximately 10 am Tuesday morning a CN train derailed near Saskatoon. Emergency crews have responded to the scene and traffic in the area is blocked. There is fire visible and grain spilled onto…

352 Impaired Driving Offenses in Saskatchewan Through Holiday Season

Although it's up from last year, the number of impaired driving offences reported by police and SGI was around the average, which in turn is still too many. 352 impaired driving offences, including…

Local Student Selected to Attend Taekwondo World Championships

This spring will see a big road trip in the works for one local teenager. Devdan Chegus, a 15-year-old student at Watson School will be heading to Munich, Germany for the Taekwondo World…

NHL Legends Rink of Dreams Tickets Available for Broncos Season Ticket Holders

The NHL legends are going to be skating into Humboldt and inside the Elgar Petersen Arena this spring and tickets are now on sale for Humboldt Broncos season ticket holders. The list of legends that…

Support in Place as Exam Week Approaches for Horizon School Division Students

With the end of the first semester fast approaching brings the time of exams for students in the Horizon School Division. Wednesday, January 23rd will see the start of exams for high school students…

10th Annual Lake Lenore Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby

On Saturday from 8 AM - 2 PM the 10th Annual Lake Lenore Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby took place at Lung's Beach. 657 people came out with their fishing shacks for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes,…

Volunteers Needed For Wadena & District Search and Rescue

The Wadena & District Search and Rescue could use a few extra hands to start off 2019. In response to the need of volunteers, a search and rescue orientation was held at the Wadena Town Office on…

The 23rd Annual Robbie Burns Celebration

The community of Quill Lake came together for a Scottish celebration for Robbie Burns on Friday Night. At the Quill Lake Legion Hall starting at 7 PM residents, dancers, singers, and performers of…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login