The parents of the youngest Humboldt Broncos player killed in a highway crash say they’re looking for more than money from their lawsuit.
The suit was filed Monday by Russell and Raelene Harold on behalf of Adam’s estate. The teen was just days away from his 17th birthday when a semi-truck collided with the bus carrying the junior hockey team on April 6.
Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured.
In a letter sent to media Wednesday, the Herolds explained how their lives have changed forever.
“Since that evening, our family has been living minute to minute, trying to cope with the tragic loss of our beloved son, Adam. We think of Adam all day, every day. We are reminded of our loss everywhere we turn and would do anything to go back in time to the way we were. ”
The letter stated they’re pleased the process has started for the driver of the semi-truck to be held accountable.
On Friday, 29-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was charged with 29 counts of dangerous driving — 16 causing death, 13 causing bodily harm.
However, the Herold family said they want to address broader issues.
“Our goal with this legal action is to invoke change for not only our son Adam and his Bronco teammates, but that all people affected by this senseless and tragic event benefit from changes in laws and attitudes for the betterment of society as a whole.”
To that end, the lawsuit asks for $30,000 in damages, plus however much else the court deems appropriate. It also asks for several declarations from the court.
The declarations would serve the family’s goals outlined in the letter.
They want sightlines and added safety improvements at the crash site of highways 35 and 33, along with other intersections.
The family is also calling for reasonable safety devices to be added to all buses, for laws to be implemented so only the most competent drivers are allowed behind the wheel of commercial vehicles, and for a review of laws that hinder or prevent victims from trying to get compensation.
The family ended the letter by thanking their friends, family and the community as a whole for their support since the crash.
“We know that a change in laws won’t bring Adam or the other 15 lives lost back to their families where they belong, but we believe these changes are the right thing to do. And we sincerely hope they may prevent other families from going through the nightmare that has become our reality since April 6th.”
On Wednesday, Transport Canada announced it will make seatbelts mandatory on medium and large highway buses starting Sept. 1, 2020.