Speed, outstanding recall, cited in death of police officer

A coroner`s investigation into the death of a Sureté du Québec police officer in September of 2012 has concluded that excessive speed and an outstanding recall on the patrol vehicle she was driving were factors in her death.

23 year old Katia Hadouchi was killed in a high-speed roll-over accident in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare in the Lanaudière region while responding to a 911 call.

The coroner`s report notes that the patrol car, a 2010 Chevy Impala, had an outstanding recall notice for a defective suspension arm.

But the report also says that travelling at 178 kilometres per hour when she lost control of the vehicle was another factor in the officer`s death.

The corner says the police force must implement measures to ensure that all vehicles with outstanding recall notices are taken off the road until they can be serviced.


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  1. Drew posted on 01/07/2014 03:14 PM
    So young because of someone in Quebec did not follow up on the recall. These cars are police package and are able to due these speeds and much more. If your suspension arm is defective this is the results a death
  2. ric posted on 01/07/2014 10:54 PM
    A recall, especially in the suspension, has to be taken care of immediately. It's a no brainer. That being said, I see few reasons to drive at 178 kph. There are too many variables. At that speed, you can't stop if a child or animal runs out in the street, or any of a dozen situations. Sympathies to the family, no one that young and dedicated should die.
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