Friends of Audrey-Anne Dumont gathered outside the Monk metro station late this afternoon to remember the 20-year-old woman who died after she apparently stumbled between two metro cars while distracted by her cellular phone.
The accident happened April 19, during the morning rush hour.
It appears Dumont was looking at her smart phone as she walked towards the train. Instead of entering a car, she walked between two cars and fell. The train left the station, the driver apparently oblivious to the woman's plight.
Friends recall 'Beuber Bleu'
About forty young people attended the vigil outside Monk metro station Friday, many carrying flowers and most of them wearing blue — Audrey-Anne Dumont's favourite colour.
Friends said she'd been known by the nickname "Beuber Bleu" — Baby Blue — since she added blue streaks to her hair when she was 16.
"She was always happy," said her friend Amélie Bouchard.
"She was an amazing person," echoed Claude Lamy. "Her smile, her laugh, her joy just to live. She wanted to live. I was devastated."
The group sang and released blue balloons into the sky above the metro station.
Coroner to review security video
The Quebec coroner is investigating Dumont's death and plans to review security video of the incident. The coroner says at this point, the death is being considered accidental.
"It's sad," said Michel Labrecque, president of the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM). "This kind of event is extremely rare."
Texting while walking under scrutiny
Rare though it might be for someone to fall between metro cars and be killed, it's common to see pedestrians texting or taking a call on their smart phones while paying little attention to what's going on around them.
Montreal Police Traffic Inspector André Durocher said people need to take heed of the environment around them.
"I'm always amazed to see that someone can be concerned with what's going on at the other end of the planet, but they're totally unaware that maybe 15 or 20 feet from them is a cement truck about to hit them," Durocher said.
Some cities and states in the U.S. have debated introducing a ban on texting while walking, although the legislation has not been passed anywhere yet.
Dumont's funeral will be held Saturday in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.