Finally after months of waiting, charges have been brought against Jarkirat Sidhu, the truck driver responsible for the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos.
Jarkirat Sidhu was arrested on Friday July 6th and is being held in custody.
He has been charged with 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing injury, and 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
According to CTV News, the RCMP was talking with Crown prosecutors in June about pressing charges. After a three-month-long investigation of the crash the charges were made official. RCMP superintendent Derek Williams told the press that the investigation was extensively thorough as they used “3D technology” and took around “6,000 photographs” of the crash site.
Derek Williams added that the RCMP looked over all of the aspects of the crash including the speed of the two vehicles, the point of impact, witness statements, “weather conditions,” and if there was “impairment.” Derek Williams mentioned that “impairment” may not be one of the reasons for the arrest and charges. The trucking company itself was not the “focus” of the investigation.
According to CTV News, the families were all briefed on Friday morning before the arrest was announced later that day.
TJHN will update this story as more information becomes available.