Hit and run by a driver after hitting a stroller carrying a baby

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Hit and run by a driver after hitting a stroller carrying a baby

The SPVM asks for help from the public to identify the vehicle and the person who was behind the wheel.

Montreal police are looking for a driver who committed a hit-and-run after hitting a stroller last week in Outremont. The one-year-old child who was there was not injured.

In interview at Tout un matin , Jean-Pierre Brabant, public relations officer at the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), specifies that the event took place on November 16 at 2:40 p.m.

The event took place on November 16 at 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Bloomfield and Lajoie avenues.

The scene, captured by a surveillance camera, shows a dark vehicle, probably black, traveling north on Bloomfield Avenue at the intersection of Lajoie Avenue. He slowed down before continuing his race, hitting the stroller of a lady who was crossing on the pedestrian crossing. A one-year-old child was in the stroller.

The child, who was not injured, was taken to a hospital for evaluation. , said Mr. Brabant. The police moved to the scene and met the lady to gather information, he adds.

Investigators also met with various witnesses and managed to collect footage from surveillance cameras. However, for the moment, the images collected have not yet made it possible to clearly identify the vehicle and the driver.

The SPVM is asking for the public's help.

Police are also trying to determine if the person behind the wheel was distracted by a cell phone or something else.

We are trying, with the information we have at this time, to identify the vehicle in question, [but] we do not have a lot of information on the make and model. , as well as on the plate of the vehicle, explained agent Brabant.

An investigation was opened for hit and run, confirmed the SPVM, since even after the collision with the stroller, the vehicle never stopped.

“On the SPVM side, we want to meet the driver to find out what caused this event, why the "stop" was not done, why the person did not stop […], but for the moment, the investigators are working to collect several pieces of information and to view images from surveillance cameras to have more details of the vehicle in question. »

— Jean-Pierre Brabant, Public Relations Officer at the SPVM

On Twitter, Laurent Desbois, the mayor of the borough of Outremont, where much of Montreal's Hasidic community resides, said he was shocked by the video and said he hoped the police could quickly identify the person behind the wheel.

The images of the driver accelerating in front of a mother and her baby are incredibly violent. Fortunately, they are safe and sound, reacted for her part the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

In a press scrum in Quebec, the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, called this incident completely horrific.

B'nai Brith Canada also said it was deeply disturbed by the video.

Please note that B'nai Brith and its League for Human Rights are investigating and work closely with the Hasidic Jewish Council of Quebec. We are in communication with law enforcement, who have informed us that the baby is fortunately uninjured, the independent Jewish rights organization said in a statement.

For its part, the Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec, which said it was horrified by the images captured by a camera, hopes that the light will be shed as quickly as possible.

While waiting for the competent authorities to complete their investigation, the Council recommends the greatest caution in the premature assessment that could be made of this unfortunate event, the Council said in a press release.

With information from La Canadian Press

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