Nicholas Thorne-Belance remembered 1 year after fatal SQ crash

Nicholas Thorne-Belance, just five years old, died when the car he was riding in was hit by an unmarked police car travelling at 122 km/h.

Longueuil boy, 5, killed by unmarked, speeding police car

Nicholas Thorne-Belance died in hospital five days after a crash with a provincial police vehicle. On Friday a sign reading "Speeding is criminal!" was installed at the corner of the intersection where he was hit. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

Friends and family of Nicholas Thorne-Belance gathered today to mark the anniversary of the boy’s death.

Nicholas was just five years old when the car he was riding in was hit by an unmarked police car on Feb. 13, 2014.

Julie Virgo, the best friend of Nicholas's mother, was among those who took part in a moment of silence this morning near the spot where the boy died.

“For sure, it's for Nicholas, he's our little ray of sunshine today, and he was taken away for nothing,” Virgo said.

The unmarked police car was travelling at 122 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when it slammed into the side of father Mike Belance's sedan.

Stephanie Thorne told CBC/Radio-Canada in December that the director of criminal and penal prosecutions tried to blame her husband for the crash that led to their son's death. (CBC/Radio-Canada)
Belance was turning left on a green light at the corner of Gaétan-Boucher and Davis boulevards in Longueuil, just outside Montreal.

The boy fell into a coma and died five days later in hospital. The SQ officer behind the wheel of the unmarked car was not charged for killing him.

It was later revealed that the SQ officer was involved in a tailing operation relating to an anti-corruption investigation.

In November, CBC News reported that the crash will be reinvestigated by a panel of independent prosecutors.

A candlelight vigil is also planned for 6:15 p.m this evening.


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