A 13-year-old girl struck Friday night on a dark road in Center-du-Québec succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, just days after another youth died in similar circumstances.
“It’s poorly lit and people are hitchhiking with a bang,” laments the mother of young Emily Villeneuve, Nathalie Demers, who took the trouble to say a few words despite the sharp pain, to denounce the corner where her daughter was. lost his life.
Neighbors in the area confirmed on Saturday that there is very little light on Saint-Joseph Boulevard West, in Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, near Drummondville, where the girl was caught Friday around 7 p.m. There is also no sidewalk.
During the day, bereaved relatives came to meditate at the scene of the accident, where flowers and stuffed animals were placed in memory of the teenager.
The injury was however too severe for the family of the victim, passionate about horses, who preferred not to comment further for the moment.
The testimonies have nevertheless multiplied on social networks, not running out of compliments for the young Emily.
Everyone knows each other
“It makes a shock wave in the village because everyone knows each other”, relates to the Journal a 16-year-old neighbor, who witnessed the tragedy with friends.
“At first glance, there are no criminal elements that would be involved. Drink and speed would not have played a role, ”explains Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
This is the second pedestrian killed on a road without a sidewalk or lamppost in two weeks. On September 29, Émile Martineau, 16, was the victim of a hit-and-run on a poorly lit section with no sidewalks in Saint-Lin-Laurentides.
With the sun setting earlier and earlier in the fall and the rainy temperatures, the retired inspector of the Montreal Police Department, André Durocher, reminds pedestrians to be extra vigilant and to wear reflective clothing.
“When there is rain or drizzle suspended in the air, the headlights of the cars reflect off it, and the pedestrians become invisible,” he explains.
Because even with streetlights, the result could have been the same, according to him.
Make sure you are seen
“You have to look both sides of the street before crossing, but you also have to make sure you are seen by the motorist. It’s a shared responsibility, ”he adds.
Anne Marie Dussault Turcotte, spokesperson for the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) agrees, reminding motorists to remain attentive.
“We are no longer necessarily used to seeing pedestrians in the dark. In summer, when it gets dark at 10 pm, there are no schoolchildren walking, for example, ”she says.
She advises pedestrians to walk opposite to traffic if there is no sidewalk, in order to be more visible.