Max sentence for truck driver charged in Humboldt Broncos bus crash unlikely, says legal expert

A legal expert says she doubts the truck driver who pleaded guilty for his role in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash will get the maximum sentence.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu has pleaded guilty to all 29 dangerous driving charges stemming from last spring's collision with the junior hockey team's bus.

Sixteen people died in the crash in Saskatchewan and 13 were injured.

The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death is 14 years and it's 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Jennifer Quaid, who teaches law at the University of Ottawa, says the judge will have to weigh more than just the enormous scale of the tragedy.

She says Sidhu is a first-time offender who has expressed remorse.

Quaid says the judge may also look at other factors that contributed to the crash, such as poor visibility.

The owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu also faces safety violation charges.

Sidhu's sentencing hearing is to begin January 28th.