After Jaskirat Sidhu pled guilty on January 8th to all 29 counts he was facing in connection to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, family members of loved ones involved have come forward with their reaction towards his plea.
"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.
"We're definitely overwhelmed with the events of today. I think that our family and me specifically, this was the best outcome for us, I wanted him to stand up and use the words, "I'm guilty." Through his lawyers, he admits that he is at fault for this, and that's what it all comes back to for us. We wanted him to admit that it was his fault and for him to acknowledge that is a huge thing for our family," said Scott Thomas, Father of late Bronco forward Evan Thomas. "I know I've already been asked what I think an appropriate sentence or outcome would be, and I said time is a funny thing. It doesn't matter to me if its a day, or 10 years, or 50 years. Evan is not coming back and our family has to live with that for the rest of our lives. I think that all indications are that Mr. Sidhu generally feels remorse and he's going to have to live with that for the rest of his life."