EDMONTON – A man has been sentenced to six months in prison after a truck he was driving in the back stopped a school bus in northern Alberta, killing a 15-year-old girl.
Sukhdeep Deol pleaded guilty in Edmonton Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a charge of reckless or negligent driving.
The Court heard that it was fog on the morning of March 7, 2018, when the bus turned south into a roadblock in Thorhild County, about 100 miles northeast of Edmonton.
Then he was hit by Deol’s truck, which was loaded with stones and had the wrong brakes.
Maisie Watkinson died at the scene due to green light on her chest and abdomen.
“Words cannot describe the pain and suffering you have caused my family,” the girl’s mother, who gave her name as Candace, told Deol as she read her statement about the influence of the deceased in court.
There were 12 other children on the bus, a court hearing, including Maisie’s older brother.
The mother said the boy tried to save his sister while they were on the bus. And to this day he continues to blame himself for his death.
“My son still has nightmares and isolates himself from his friends, depriving him of his childhood,” she said.
“You have taken away my joy in this world and made it dark.”
The speed of both vehicles is unknown, the court heard, but an investigation found that Deol was aware that his truck’s brakes were not fully working. He tried to brake before crashing.
A statement from the case said the bus driver should have changed when it was safe to do so.
Deol was first charged with driving a dangerous vehicle and causing fatalities and reckless crime.
His lawyer, Jake Chadi, said the man had three children and understood the unbearable pain he was experiencing.
Chad added that prior to the accident, Deol had never been in an accident, had no criminal record and was active.
In addition to the time of detention, Judge John Gill gave Deol two years ‘probation and 50 hours’ community service. He must also pay a $ 2,000 donation to a charity.