Parents “always heartbroken”
Twenty-five years have passed and many questions remain unanswered for Claire Poulin of Lac-Mégantic and her ex-husband Claude St-Pierre.
Thee 11 September each year reminds them the memory of the death of their daughter, Veronique St-Pierre struck by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle on the way Baie-des-Sables in Lac-Megantic. The person briefly stopped 150 meters away before bursting into the air to flee the scene. Their Véronique darling was only 15 years old.
Their double mourning is not over yet, they still cry this terrible accident occurred at 2:47 in the night of June 10 to 11, 1994. Véronique St-Pierre remained in deep coma for three months. She died on September 11 without waking from her wounds, according to the coroner’s conclusion, which added in her report: “irreversible shock. Associated conditions: coma with neuro-vegetative state secondary to trauma. “
“We always have a broken heart. The person who committed this crime, if she has a mind, a soul, she must surely live with constant remorse. We, on our side, are marked for life. We always have, day by day, thoughts of this terrible ordeal. Nobody deserves to go through such a hell that leaves permanent wounds, “laments Ms. Poulin.
Claude St-Pierre wanted to offer a reward of $ 5,000 to any informant who would allow the identification of the hit and run who killed his daughter. “But the police officer I met forbade me to do that because it would hurt the investigation. He also refused to perform, to my surprise, expert painting on my daughter’s bicycle, claiming that it was not like on TV that things happen, “he says.
“But today, with members of my family, we are ready to offer $ 25,000 to the person who will open in the name of the truth. And we guarantee anonymity to do it. We have no idea of revenge. We only need to know the truth. There remains a doubt that prevents closing the story and completing our mourning. In our opinion, the police work was not done well, “he says.
“The person who committed this crime, if she has a mind, a soul, she must surely live with constant remorse. We, on our side, are marked for life. ”
– Claire Poulin, mother of the victim
Claire Poulin and her family are struggling to live on September 11, for 25 years, a date that reminds them of the death of their daughter Véronique St-Pierre, whom a driver fatally spilled while riding a bicycle in Lac-à-la-Croix. Mégantic, in 1994.
Two friends of Veronique accompanied the teenager the night of the drama. Ghislain and Carl, who are still living in Lac-Mégantic and Marston, testified after the accident that they were closely following each other, in single file, on the verge of the road. The driver’s car deviated from his path to go past Carl, second in line, who was thrown into the ditch. The car then violently hit Veronica, who was ahead and had no chance. Splinters of windshield in her hair testified to this violence.
However, on the police report, which bore no official letterhead, the reconstitutionniste of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) indicated that Véronique’s bike was in the middle of the road, contrary to the testimony of his two friends. “At the request of my son Jérôme, I asked to receive this report, which I was able to read,” says Claire Poulin, recalling that this weekend, there were a lot of festivities in Baie-des- sands.
The Lac-Mégantic municipal police then waited four days before transferring the investigation to the SQ. “However, the report of the Investigation Office of Sherbrooke dates from the day of the crime and not four days later as it was mentioned to me. The testimonies of the two friends are not reported, “says Claire Poulin.
“The four days of delay also compromised the ability to quickly trace the fugitive’s vehicle, which could be repaired by a coachbuilder in the region, which is usually done. Like Operation 100, which was triggered quickly after such an accident, in that time. They could also have looked for the vehicle crushed at a scrap dealer, or check the records of the Automobile Insurance Company (SAAQ) to find out which owners have not renewed their registration for this vehicle in the following months. We have serious suspicions about a drunk driver coming out of a party. ”
“We have no idea of revenge. We only need to know the truth. There remains a doubt that prevents closing the story and completing our mourning. In our opinion, the police work was not done well. ”
– Claude St-Pierre, father of the victim
A second report, from the SAAQ, presented a diagram of the road, where the bicycles are on the verge and that of Véronique in its true place, not in the middle of the street.
On September 30, 2014, Claude St-Pierre asked that the investigation be reopened, following conversations with people around him. It spread out for two to three years, without result.
“For 25 years, we have had plots of information, always in the same direction. Small details, small pieces of the puzzle that allow, in addition, to see the image … People have even innocent pieces that could allow Veronique to be released in the afterlife and release also our family, “says Mr. St-Pierre.
SQ relations lawyer Aurélie Guindon confirmed that the investigation is still active in the Estrie Major Crimes Section at Sherbrooke Headquarters. “As long as a crime is not resolved, the investigation remains open. We are unable to say why an investigation takes any period of time. ”
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