Pregnant woman killed on Laurel: the epileptic driver’s trial begins

The young epileptic driver Jonathan Falardeau-Laroche, 25, began to stand trial Monday in Quebec City. He is charged with criminal negligence causing the death of pregnant young Marie-Pier Gagné and criminal negligence causing bodily harm to the baby and a female driver.
The young man, dressed in a dark coat and a white shirt, was accompanied by his mother. He listens to the testimonies by staring straight ahead, perfectly motionless.

The family of Marie-Pier Gagné filled half of the courtroom. Some of them are more emotional and demonstrative, to the point of being warned by the special constable in charge of decorum.

The young woman died at age 27 and she lived in Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon.

The main witness for the lawsuit will be pediatric neurologist Dr. Michel Sylvain, who met Jonathan Falardeau-Laroche a few minutes before the accident. According to the prosecution theory, Dr. Sylvain enjoined his patient not to drive. The accused denies this assertion. Dr. Sylvain will begin to testify in the first days of the trial, which is scheduled for two weeks.

Rather than scrolling through the witnesses, the Crown Attorney, Mr. Thomas Jacques, testified in court Monday morning with written statements from people who witnessed the terrible scene on August 10, 2016.

Under the horrified eyes of many witnesses, Marie-Pier Gagné was hit by the small Rio led by Jonathan Falardeau-Laroche on August 10, 2016.

That morning, Marie-Pier Gagné crossed Laurier Boulevard on the pedestrian crossing to go with her husband to her pregnancy check-up. She was at that time 40 weeks pregnant and two days pregnant.

Under the horrified eyes of many witnesses, the young woman was hit by the small Rio led by Falardeau-Laroche. Marie-Pier Gagné’s body was thrown into the air.

The young driver, who was reportedly uneasy, continued westward for another 330 meters to Avenue Germain-des-Prés, where he collided with two cars.

The young driver circulated on the central reservation.

That morning, Marie-Pier Gagné crossed Laurier Boulevard on the pedestrian crossing to go with her husband to her pregnancy check-up. She was at that time 40 weeks pregnant and two days pregnant.
That morning, Marie-Pier Gagné crossed Laurier Boulevard on the pedestrian crossing to go with her husband to her pregnancy check-up. She was at that time 40 weeks pregnant and two days pregnant.
Many doctors and hospital staff left the CHUL to help the young pregnant woman. Unfortunately, his death was noticed a few hours later.

The doctors managed to deliver the baby girl Marie-Pier Gagné. The girl had a double fracture to the skull and made a concussion. She was flown to a hospital in Montreal. A female driver struck by the accused suffered rib fractures.

Medical report requirement

The Crown announced to Judge Pierre-L. Rousseau of the Court of Quebec that it would prove to him several previous road behaviors of Jonathan Falardeau-Laroche, which, according to the prosecution, contributed to the criminal negligence reproached to the defendant.

The Crown does not accuse Falardeau-Laroche for the way he drove on August 10, 2016, but rather for his decision to drive on that day, it says in admissions between the parties.

The accused admitted that on December 9, 2015, he received a letter from the Quebec Automobile Insurance Company requesting that he have a medical report completed and signed by a physician.

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