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March 1, 2016
By Tom Rataj

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Five year old Adam Ranger arrived home from school outside rural Mattawa, Ontario on a bright, sunny and clear day. It was February 11, 2000.

Despite the flashing red-lights and stop-sign on the full-sized yellow bus and clear visibility of 1,650m along the highway, a large truck towing a piece of machinery failed to stop. Adam was struck and killed. There was no evidence the driver even attempted to brake.

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The truck operator was eventually charged and convicted of Manslaughter and Criminal Negligence Causing Death in what was, at the time, a precedent setting case. He was sentenced to 22 month of house arrest (with conditions) and prohibited from driving for 10 years.