For four days in a row, vehicle crashes in west Quebec have resulted in death, and charges are expected to be laid in one of the cases.
Highway 307 remained closed near Cantley, Que., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, several hours after the most recent deadly collision.
A 57-year-old Gatineau man was killed shortly before 7 a.m. when his car was struck on the driver's side door by an SUV while he was making a U-turn, said Martin Fournel, spokesman for the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais police service. The driver of the SUV received only minor injuries. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.
On Monday afternoon, a 44-year-old man from Mirabel died in a crash on Highway 148 west of Thurso, after his motorcycle was hit by a car trying to get onto a highway ramp, Quebec provincial police reported.
Charges could be laid after alleged street racing death
On Sunday afternoon, a 53-year-old man died after his vehicle was struck during a suspected street race on Maloney Boulevard in Gatineau.
Witnesses told Gatineau police that it appeared a motorcycle and a black Honda Civic were racing when the driver of the car lost control and hit the victim's vehicle.
A 22-year-old man was arrested. He had allegedly been driving the Honda Civic.
"This young man is very lucky he didn't lose his life and very lucky he didn't kill his girlfriend that was sitting in the car next to him," said Gatineau police Lieut. André Dubois, who said charges could be laid against the suspect Tuesday or later in the week.
The motorcycle driver fled the scene.
Dubois said many street races are well-organized events that include people with radios who look out for police, but this may not have been one of those cases.
"My personal opinion is what happened on Sunday was just a spur-of-the moment really, really bad decision."
Hit and run kills paramedic
Early Saturday, a 28-year-old woman died in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Highway 105 near Gracefield.
Marie-Lou Dubois had been en route to her job as a paramedic in Maniwaki when her vehicle was hit head on by a car that had moved from the oncoming lane, police said. The driver, who was allegedly in a stolen vehicle, fled the scene, police said.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man was in stable condition at Hull hospital after his ATV was hit by a train Monday morning in Clarendon, near Shawville, Que. There were no flashing lights or stop signs at the railway crossing.