Highway worker’s death under investigation
The death Thursday morning of a 19-year-old highway worker is still being investigated by police and the province’s work safety board.
Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Joyce Kemp said Miguel Leduc, who was from L’Ascension, QC, was seriously injured and later died in hospital on Aug. 28 after being run over at 3:15 a.m. by a work truck. Leduc had been placing cones on a section of Highway 40 east in Saint Lazare, at kilometer 22.5.
“We don’t know if he fell off the truck or if he jumped off voluntarily,” Kemp said, adding, it was the truck Leduc was working from which ran him over.
SQ investigators and those from the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) are still investigating the accident. Kemp said accident experts will evaluate the scene while investigators will interview the victim’s coworkers and any other witnesses.
The left lane of Highway 40 east was closed until close to noon on Thursday during the initial investigation.
Man arrested in knifing
A 24-year-old man was arrested during the night on Aug. 24 in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot after attacking two other men in separate incidents. Police say the first man was assaulted on Stocker St., while a second victim was assaulted with a knife on Perrot Blvd. in L’Île-Perrot. The suspect was arrested near Perrot Blvd, after police were alerted by a witness. The suspect faces charges including assault, drug trafficking, illegal presence in a residence, assault causing bodily harm, assault and assault on a police officer.
Meanwhile, police arrested the driver of a car they intercepted at 12:30 a.m on August 23 in the parking lot of a licensed establishment on Henry Ford St. in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Officers found more than 15 grams of crack cocaine, over 65 grams of cannabis and a large sum of money on the suspect. He appeared in court on Aug. 24 to face charges including possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. He was released with conditions.
And thieves made off with an undisclosed amount of electronics devices after an Aug. 23 robbery at a store on Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd. in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Police were called to the scene at close to 11 p.m. when the store’s alarm system was triggered during the break-in. No suspects were located.
Labor Day safety
More than 1,200 road initiatives will be carried out by police across Quebec this weekend as part of an SQ Labour Day safety campaign called Operation Catalyst. Motorists and motorcyclists are asked to respect speed limits and leave plenty of time for travel. According to SQ statistics seven people died last year during the four days Labour Day weekend.
Operation Catalyst will target risky driving, speeding, impaired driving, the non-use of seat belts and cell phone use while driving.
The initiative is part of the SQ’s EPIC project (education, prevention, intervention, communication) which aims to improve road safety across Quebec.