A Canadian high school hockey player who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a deadly bus crash last year has been released from the hospital after a 333-day stay.
Morgan Gobeil was one of 13 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who were injured April 6, 2018, when their bus rammed a tractor-trailer that had run a stop sign. Sixteen others, including 10 of the hockey players, were killed in the crash.
According to The Canadian Press, Morgan is the last survivor of the bus crash that stunned the nation to be released from the hospital.
Like all the players on the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, Morgan was a rising star in the world of Canadian hockey with potential for becoming a professional. The town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, where the Broncos team is based, has a long tradition of fielding teams in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Now, 11 months after the horrific crash, Morgan likely has a lifetime of recovery ahead of him, but his family remains optimistic that he will regain some of the abilities he lost in the crash. Morgan can’t walk or talk but he continues with regular rehabilitation therapy as an outpatient at Saskatoon City Hospital.
Last July, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged tractor-trailer driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury. Mr. Singh pleaded guilty to those charges on Jan. 8, 2019.
Authorities investigating the bus crash found that Mr. Singh did not apply the brakes when approaching an oversized stop sign with flashing red lights. They also determined that the weather was clear and his view of the stop sign was unobstructed. There was no evidence that Mr. Singh was impaired at the time of the crash.
Mr. Singh faces 10 years in prison and a 10-year driving ban. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 22, 2019.