Death of cyclist Guy Blouin : Simon Beaulieu is acquitted

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The death of the cyclist had raised the ire of the regulars in the courtyard of the church of Saint-Roch, where the build-up of the flowers on a cross in memory of Guy Blouin.

The police officer Simon Beaulieu, the police Department of the City of Quebec, was acquitted Friday morning in the palace of justice of Quebec.

 

He was accused of dangerous driving and criminal negligence causing the death of cyclist Guy Blouin on September 3, 2014, in the district of Saint-Roch.

 

The judge René de la Sablonnière, of the Court of Québec, has stated that it could not conclude ” beyond a reasonable doubt “, that the policeman had behaved in a dangerous manner. The death of Guy Blouin is rather an ” unfortunate and stupid accident, which is not a criminal “, he judged.

 

The magistrate pulled up to the side of the arguments of the defense, which had estimated the speed of the vehicle, Simon Beaulieu (22 km/h, and non-44 km/h, as claimed in the continuation. He declared that he was not ” able to be called reckless and dangerous the move back to a distance of 15 meters “, as was done by the police.

 

A promotion and indignation

 

Simon Beaulieu has been promoted to investigator since the events of September 3, 2014. That day, he had just cross Guy Blouin, in the narrow rue Saint-François, when he decided to back out of this one-way track. The cyclist died in hospital, shortly after the impact, the result of “lethal lesions in the chest,” according to the coroner’s report Donald Nicole. “It is a violent death “, he noted.

 

Violent, but also polarizing : the death of the cyclist, 48-year-old had raised the ire of the regulars in the courtyard of the church of Saint-Roch, a place of popular assembly where the build-up of the flowers on a cross in memory of Guy Blouin, nearly three and a half years after the events.

 

Some of the regulars in the area have founded the Committee on 3 September, and called for an independent investigation. The mandate was eventually entrusted to the Sûreté du Québec.

 

They were so many wanting to hear the decision of judge de la Sablonnière, Friday, that the reading of the judgement has had to be rescheduled and retransmitted in a second room because the first was too small to accommodate all those who came to the palace of justice.

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