If there's a more outrageous example of victim-blaming than the case of the dingbat, the ducks and the two dead motorcyclists, it doesn't spring immediately to mind.
Andre Roy and his 16 year old daughter, Jessie, were killed in June of 2010 when their motorcycle slammed into the back of Emma Czonobaj's car, which Czonobaj had parked in the passing lane of Autoroute 30 in Candiac to help a family of ducks cross the road. She'll be sentenced in December after being convicted this past June on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. The Crown is asking for a nine month jail term, along with community service and probation.
That there's a significant public outcry against sending Czonobaj to jail is not surprising. She, too, is a victim of sorts, albeit of circumstance and her own stupidity. But there's a dark underbelly to public sentiment in the form of a recurring theme that Roy is to blame for the accident because he was speeding (see comment section here). Evidence suggests his motorcycle was travelling anywhere between 113 and 129 kilometers per hour, which is over the speed limit but not unusual on an open highway like Autoroute 30, and certainly not anywhere near as reckless as parking your car in the passing lane of a major highway.
Of course, it's all about the ducks. If Czonobaj had left her car in the middle of the highway to relieve herself, pick flowers or collect empty beer cans to cash in at the grocery store, she'd be public enemy number one. But have you seen how cute baby ducklings are? Yes, they're living things, but common sense and the food chain dictate that compassion for hapless water fowl doesn't equate to the sanctity of human life.
However honorable her motives, two people died because Emma Czonobaj was criminally negligent. That makes her a criminal. In a just, right-thinking society, criminals who cause the deaths of others go to jail, usually for a lot longer than nine months.
She's getting off easy.