Girl mowed down by a motorist: the Ombudsman de Montréal opens an investigation

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Girl mowed down by a motorist: the Ombudsman of Montreal opens an investigation

The intersection of Parthenais and Rouen streets in Montreal, where a 7-year-old girl was fatally hit by a motorist on Tuesday.

The Montreal Ombudsman announced Thursday, on his Twitter account, that an investigation will take place into the death of the girl hit by a motorist in the Centre-Sud district, earlier this week.

The post of he ombudsman of the metropolis, occupied by Me Nadine Mailloux, aims to ensure that Montrealers receive appropriate services and that their rights are respected by the City.

Tuesday's drama has reignited the outrage of many citizens over traffic problems in the neighborhood. Maria Legenkovska, a 7-year-old girl, lost her life after being hit by the vehicle, at the intersection of rue Parthenais and rue de Rouen, while on her way to school.

The driver, a 45-year-old man, first left the scene before going on his own to a police station on the South Shore. Charged with a hit-and-run causing death, he was released on bail on Thursday and must meet certain conditions, including a ban on driving a motor vehicle and not having contact with the girl's family. /p>

Our hearts go out to the victim's family, wrote the Ombudsman de Montréal in his message on Twitter.

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The City of Montreal announced in a press release on Thursday that additional traffic calming measures had been implemented in the area where the tragedy occurred.

Thus, the signs stop signs have been oversized, the roadway on rue Parthenais narrowed by the installation of bollards at the north and south approaches to the intersections of rue de Rouen and rue Larivière, and the police presence increased.

These measures aim to limit the flow and speed of vehicles, the City said.

Other measures could be deployed over the coming weeks and months.

In an interview Wednesday at Téléjournal < em>18 h, the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, recognized the seriousness of the problem. The Centre-Sud is a district under pressure due to its growing car traffic, she lamented.

However, the mayor defended herself by claiming to have taken many actions to increase pedestrian safety in the neighborhood. There are about twenty local streets where we have put speed bumps, displays, or even sidewalk projections, she pointed out. But you always have to do more, that's obvious.

Voices are rising for the City of Montreal to adopt measures to prevent another tragedy on Parthenais Street. Mrs. Plante assured that actions would be implemented quickly. The option of a speed bump on the street, requested by several citizens, could however prove to be complex to set up, she estimated.

For firefighters, it can slow down the response time. Emergency vehicles often question us. We have to prove that it is relevant, explained the mayor.

According to Ms. Plante, the numerous collisions of pedestrians by motorists in recent years are a symptom of a deeper problem: the saturation of the road network.

“We can talk about speed, and we can talk about it all you want, but at some point you're going to have to wonder if it's normal that it's there are always more cars in Montreal. »

—Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal

Between 2019 and 2021, the number of vehicles in circulation in the metropolis rose from 980,834 to 1,007,274, according to data from the Government of Quebec. The number of pedestrians killed or injured due to a collision with a vehicle has meanwhile climbed by almost 20% in the past two years, according to data from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ).

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Number of pedestrians injured or killed

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2020

729

2021

824

2022

869

Source: SAAQ data as of December 13, 2022

Gestures are increasing in support of the girl's family deceased. The mother had moved to Montreal with her three children a few months ago to flee the war in Ukraine.

On the GoFundMe platform, her colleagues launched a campaign to socio-financing, in particular to cover funeral expenses. The day after the campaign was launched, over $100,000 had already been raised.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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