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Fatal accident in Buckingham: multiple charges laid against driver

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A vehicle hit three Hydro-Québec poles before catching fire on Maclaren Street, in the Buckingham sector, in eastern Gatineau. (Archive photo)


The driver involved in the fatal accident which cost the lives of two young men last weekend in the Buckingham sector in Gatineau will face charges of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

On Tuesday, the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) clarified the nature of the charges brought against Jason Chénier-Beaulne, an 18-year-old from Gatineau who was behind the wheel when the car violently hit electrical poles early Sunday morning. near the intersection of Buckingham Avenue and Maclaren Street.

The passengers, aged 16 and 18, did not survive.

The victims' identities are currently being protected under a court publication ban.

In addition to the impaired driving charges causing death and dangerous driving causing death, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) authorized charges of dangerous driving and failure to stop during an accident causing death.

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A screenshot of Jason Chénier-Beaulne's Facebook page. The photo was accompanied by a message that read: “If one day speed kills me, don't cry, because I was smiling.”

We invite […] young people to respectfully discuss among themselves to remind each other that no one is invincible and that speed kills, just like driving with impaired abilities, which is easily avoidable. Unfortunately, a tragedy like this is a brutal reminder that it doesn't just happen to others, said Patrick Kenney, spokesperson for the SPVG, in a press release.

It was a difficult return to class on Tuesday for students from the Cœur-des-Vallées School Service Center (CSSCV) who learned of the death of two former students of the center. Nearly three days after the tragedy, the shock is still strong in the community.

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Wreaths of flowers rest near the scene of the accident.

Several former comrades of the two victims shared emotional testimonies on social networks following this tragedy.

Faced with this tragedy , the School Service Center in Cœur-des-Vallées indicated by email to Radio-Canada that psychological support had been sent to the schools attended by the two young men.

I confirm that psychosocial intervention teams were present, at the start of the school year, in the CSSCV establishments which were frequented by the people involved and where students as well as staff members were likely to be affected by this tragedy.

According to the professional staff union, psychologists, psychoeducators and rehabilitation agents were deployed by the school service center .

Moreover, the SPVG wanted to invite people to moderate their comments relating to the drama on social networks and to remind that no threatening or excessive comments will be tolerated.

In its press release, the Gatineau police encourage parents to regulate their children's use of social media by asking them to stop sharing shocking videos or messages.

The families of the victims and the young accused are shaken and are experiencing extremely difficult times, as are the friends of these three young men.

A quote from Patrick Kenney, SPVG spokesperson

The SPVG also reminds administrators of pages on social networks who share comments regarding this drama that they have the responsibility to moderate hateful or threatening comments to avoid exacerbating tensions in this difficult situation. p>

As police officers, we go beyond our usual reserve to ask the population to think before writing comments on social networks or to communicate with the families involved or the accused. We understand the sadness, anger and strong emotions that result from such events, but you should know that, for the police service, any potentially criminal action, regardless of the context or the person targeted, will be taken seriously and could cause the subject of criminal charges, underlines agent Patrick Kenney, in the SPVG press release.

With information from Camille Kasisi-Monet and Mama Afou

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116