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Corbella: Feeling deep sympathy for all victims of the Humboldt crash — including the driver

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23.03.2019

“It could have been me.” Those words were uttered by a friend who once ran a stop sign and hit another car. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. I nodded in agreement with her.

I ran a stop sign through an intersection as a teenage driver, my passenger screaming in fear as we miraculously threaded the needle of two cars whizzing by in opposite directions — like something out of a scene from a movie. I could have very easily killed my friend, the other drivers and myself.

Virtually everyone I’ve asked says that at one time or another they have inadvertently run a stop sign — some got into accidents, others avoided mayhem.

This is the reality so many drivers recognize as we sympathize with the families of the victims of the April 6, 2018, Humboldt Broncos crash that killed 16 passengers aboard the hockey team bus, injured 13 others — some irreparably — and sent the inexperienced driver of the semi truck to jail Friday with an eight-year sentence.

One of the parents of a hockey player who died in the crash grimly told reporters outside of the Melfort, Sask., courtroom Friday, “There are no winners here today.”

That’s the brutal reality of the crash that made international headlines and plunged all of Canada into waves of grief and mourning.

Judge Inez Cardinal empathized with the victims’ families as she read out her extremely moving 35-page........

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