Christina Haugan says she forgives the bus driver who killed her husband and 15 other members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team last April. Haugan addressed Jaskirat Singh Sidhu in court Tuesday, saying everything in the lives of her and her 9 and 13-year-old sons changed because of his actions.
“I forgive you,” CBC News quotes her as saying. “The injustice and sadness is still there, but I’ve been forgiven for things I have done. If you ever want to know more about Darcy, come ask me.”
Sidhu pleaded guilty earlier this month to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. This week, 75 victim impact statements are expected to be submitted as part of his sentencing hearing.
Haugan’s husband Darcy Haugan was the Broncos’ head coach, a Peace River native who spent 12 years coaching the North Peace Navigators. The 42-year-old was killed in the crash between the team’s bus and Sidhu’s semi on April 6, 2018.
According to an agreed statement of facts, there was no way the bus’ driver could have avoided the collision as Sidhu’s truck was completely blocking Highway 35 after running a four-foot wide stop sign on Highway 335. Sidhu “failed to recognize the hazard and took minimal to no action in an effort to avoid the collision.”