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Quebec woman found guilty after two people died while she helped ducks

Emma Czornobaj is pictured at the Montreal Courthouse on June 3, 2014.

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A woman who stopped to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her parked car.

Emma Czornobaj was convicted Friday by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Czornobaj, 25, was charged in the deaths of André Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16, on a Montreal-area highway.

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Czornobaj appeared to turn and wipe away a tear when she heard the verdict delivered.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Éliane Perreault polled the jury, which entered its fourth day of deliberations on Friday, on their verdict and they reported they were unanimous.

Czornobaj will return to court for a pre-sentence hearing on Aug. 8.

Criminal negligence causing death carries a maximum life sentence while the charge of dangerous driving causing death comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail. Czornobaj has no previous criminal record.

Roy's motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj's car, which was stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway in Candiac, south of Montreal.

His daughter was riding on the back of the motorcycle when the collision happened on June 27, 2010.

The trial heard that Czornobaj, who had three years' driving experience at the time, had stopped to rescue ducklings on the side of the road.

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The professed animal lover told the court that she did not see the ducklings' mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them home.

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