One youth was killed and another youth injured seriously when their car struck a concrete barrier while being chased by police. The pursuit and crash occurred on Thanksgiving Day, October 10, 2016, at about 3 AM on Highway 30 in Candiac, Québec, an off-island suburb of Montréal.
The fatal incident started when Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers attempted to intercept a vehicle that was apparently travelling at high speed near the Highway 930 intersection. After s minute long chase the crash occurred, killing the vehicle’s 20-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the driver, also 20. The driver was taken to hospital and remains there in critical condition.
The Bureau des enqûetes independents (BEI), the agency which investigates cases of police harm to civilians, is investigating. The BEI, which has only been operating since the summer of 2016, is composed of former officers and takes assistance from Montréal police, all of which calls into question its possible “independence.”