Coroner suggests moderate drinking for passengers
Quebec Coroner André Dandavino released a report in to the death of 14-year-old Marie-Pier Paquette in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu back in 2009.
She was coming home from a 14-18 year old party in the trunk of a Kia hatchback. The driver of the car, sober, was driving recklessly. At the time, everyone else in the car was under the influence of alcohol.
"Because the people in the car were under the influence," André Dandavino said, "their way of acting had a direct influence on the driver itself."
The coroner's report says there were traces of drugs in the car.
The driver lost his licence twice prior to the accident. Once for exceeding his allotted demerit points, and the other for excessive speeding, 169 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.
Marie-Pier Paquette was pronounced dead in hospital on October 25, 2009 at 4:13. Her injuries after being ejected from the vehicle were so severe, paramedics could not try to revive her. She suffered a major head, face and throat injury.
The coroner's report says Quebec's Auto-Insurance Board, the S.A.A.Q., should produce campaigns geared to sensitize the use of illegal drugs while driving, and that passengers should also exercise moderation, even if they have a ride home.