SQ officer charged with dangerous driving in death of 5-year-old

A Quebec provincial police officer charged in connection with a collision that killed a five-year-old Longueuil, Que. boy last year intends to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.

Nicholas Thorne-Belance died following crash involving unmarked police car

Nicholas Thorne-Belance died in hospital five days after the February 2014 crash. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

A Quebec provincial police officer charged in connection with a collision that killed a five-year-old Longueuil, Que. boy last year intends to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer. 

The officer, Patrick Ouellet, has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the high-speed crash that killed Nicholas Thorne-Belance. 

Ouellet's lawyer, Nadine Touma, appeared briefly in a Longueuil court today on her client's behalf and said he intends to fight the charge. 

Thorne-Belance died after an unmarked police car travelling at 122 km/h in a 50 km/h zone slammed into the side of a sedan driven by Mike Belance, Nicholas's father. Belance's 10-year-old stepdaughter was also in the car. 

Nicholas Thorne-Belance died in hospital five days after the crash.

Initially, prosecutors declined to pursue charges.

But Quebec's Justice Minister asked independent prosecutors to re-examine the case back in November. The charge was announced in May.