Ontario driver faces charges after fatal pedestrian accident in Gatineau
A tragic incident unfolded in Gatineau's Hull district early Friday morning, October 27, when a 70-year-old pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle, resulting in charges against a 29-year-old Ontario man. The accident occurred around 4 am at the intersection of Boulevard des Allumettières and Saint-Rédempteur Street.
Emergency services responded to the scene where they found the victim unconscious. Despite immediate medical attention, the individual was later pronounced dead at the Hull hospital. Adding to the distressing scene, authorities discovered a deceased dog near the location of the accident. The animal was subsequently handed over to the SPCA for further handling.
The driver, whose identity has not been disclosed, was apprehended by the police on suspicion of impaired driving. He was transported to the police headquarters, where he underwent a breathalyser test and was subject to investigative interviews. The preliminary outcomes have prompted the police to announce their intention to submit an accusation of impaired driving causing death to the province’s director of prosecutions.
In the wake of the incident, the suspect has faced immediate legal repercussions. His driver's licence was suspended for 90 days, pending further legal proceedings. He is scheduled to appear in Quebec Court on Friday.
As part of the ongoing investigation, a section of Boulevard des Allumettières between St. Rédempteur and Morin streets was closed off. This closure allowed for a detailed technical investigation and analysis of the accident site.
This tragic event serves as a sombre reminder of the potential consequences of impaired driving. Local authorities urge drivers to always operate vehicles responsibly and remind the public of the importance of adhering to traffic laws and safety regulations.
The Gatineau Police continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the accident and have requested that any witnesses or individuals with information come forward to assist in their inquiries.
Photo caption: A sombre morning in Gatineau's Hull district, where a tragic accident occurred at the intersection of Boulevard des Allumettières and Rue Saint-Rédempteur. (TF)
Photo credit: Tashi Farmilo