Driver faces 4 charges after Kronos picket struck by SUV

The driver who struck a locked-out worker picketing in front of Kronos in Boucherville, Que. last month is now facing criminal charges, including dangerous driving, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

Locked-out worker, 64, still recovering from injuries a month after he was run over

Kronos employee struck by SUV while protesting (credit: CSN) 0:35

The driver who struck a locked-out worker picketing in front of Kronos in Boucherville, Que. is now facing criminal charges.

The incident occurred on Aug. 22, when Pierrot Gobeil, a driver with Groupe Robert Transport, tried to enter the site in his SUV, striking a 64-year-old man on the picket line.

Gobeil, 47, is facing four charges, including dangerous driving, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

The man who was run over suffered serious injuries and was in hospital for close to a month. He underwent skin grafts to his feet and is still suffering mobility problems.

About 300 workers from the KronosBoucherville plant have been locked out since negotiations broke down June 15. 

The company specializes in the production of titanium dioxide pigments, which are used in plastics and construction materials.

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