The man who killed a motorcyclist trying to save ducks testifies
On the left, we can see the van, with its trailer, in the opposite direction.
The man accused of dangerous driving which caused the death of #x27;a young motorcyclist skirting ducks testified Monday in his defense at the Joliette courthouse.
In July 2019, agronomist Éric Rondeau was driving his van on Route 345, in Lanaudière, when he saw ducks crossing the road. He brakes and puts on his turn signals, but fearing being hit by a vehicle behind him, he makes the decision to go around the last ducks.
The 47-year-old man, who was dragging a pontoon trailer behind him, said he felt great panic at the time, a sense of urgency.
Looking up, he realizes he's driving in the opposite direction. He hit motorcyclist Félix-Antoine Gagné, 19, who was coming from the other direction. The young man died at the scene in the face-to-face.
Emotional during his testimony, Mr. Rondeau, a father, spoke of his pain after the #x27;accident, and his compassion for the young man's parents.
[Éric Rondeau] is going through this in a very, very difficult way, of course. Imagine three years of living with the death of this young man, it's heavy, defense lawyer Me Richard Dubé told the media on the sidelines of the trial.
Éric Rondeau is being cross-examined on Monday afternoon.
The prosecution is trying to show that this is such an error. serious that it has become a criminal act.
With information from Geneviève Garon