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Jaskirat Sidhu Released From Court on $1,000 Bail Tuesday

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Kayle Neis

Jaskirat Sidhu – the 29-year-old trucker from Calgary, AB. responsible for the April 6th, 2018 death of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos’ organization and the injury of 13 others – made his first court appearance Tuesday since being officially charged for his actions last week.

Jaskirat Sidhu Released From Court on $1,000 Bail Tuesday

It was a brief appearance for Sidhu, who arrived at court in Melfort, SK. in handcuffs while under the watchful eye of local police Tuesday. 

Sidhu was released on a $1,000 bail, based on the conditions that he must remain in his home in Calgary while maintaining constant contact with local RCMP. He must follow a set curfew, he no longer holds a valid passport, and is unable to drive. 

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, of Calgary, AB. was formally charged with 16 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, and 13 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm Friday, July 6th, 2018.

Some locals from the Humboldt community were in attendance in court in Melfort Tuesday, including a handful of family members of some of the victims. Sidhu will return to court on August 21st, 2018 for further examination.

Transport Alberta has removed all Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. trucks from the road, while all business has been suspended since the April 6th incident. Sidhu and colleague Sukhmander Singh are the only two employees of Adesh Deol. 

Following the crash, the Minister of Transport in Alberta announced that the province of Alberta will implement a change to its accreditation process that eliminates a 60-day window in which new commercial truck drivers were formerly allowed to continue operating their vehicle while working towards safety certifications. 

The province of Ontario currently uses this model, while Saskatchewan is considering mirroring Alberta’s decision to follow Ontario’s lead. 

The family of one of the deceased members of the Humboldt Broncos has since filed a lawsuit against both Jaskirat Singh and the manufacturer of the Broncos’ bus – alleging that the bus had insufficient safety equipment and was not designed to withstand a crash of such magnitude. The lawsuit further examines the inexperience of Sidhu and the affect that the lack of Saskatchewan highway exposure had in the deadly crash. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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