Father, daughter killed by multiple trauma, court hears

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Pauline Volikakis wiped away tears as she listened to the testimony of a coroner who described the injuries that led to the deaths of her 50-year-old husband André Roy and 16-year-old daughter Jessie.

The two were riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle the evening of June 27, 2010, when they smashed into the back of Emma Czornobaj's Honda Civic.

The Civic was parked in the left-hand lane of a curve on Highway 30. Twenty-five-year-old Czornobaj had stopped her car to help a family of ducks she saw walking along the narrow space between the left-hand lane and the concrete parapet wall.

Volikakis, who was riding her own motorcycle not far behind her husband's, testified this morning that her husband barely had time to react before hitting the car. Jessie Roy flipped over him and landed between the Civic and the wall.

Coroner Dr. Sylvie Dragon said the two sustained serious injuries. The cause of death, based on her external examination of the bodies and the circumstances under which they were found, was deemed road-related multiple trauma.

Both Volikakis and another witness, Martine Pelletier, said Czornobaj's car did not have its hazard lights on - which was contradicted by the statement Czornobaj gave to SQ investigators the night of the accident.

SQ officers also testified, saying Czornobaj broke down in tears when she learned that André Roy had died.

She did not learn that Jessie Roy was also dead until later.

The trial resumes Monday, June 9.

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  1. paul posted on 06/05/2014 06:22 AM
    Parks on the highway on a curve with no flashing lights?
    This appears to be most negligent.
  2. wluis posted on 06/05/2014 06:33 AM
    yet again....doesn't make sense.
    How come the 2nd driver of a motorcycle, the Mother, had time to "react" but her husband didn't?
    It's tough to lose family members but there is a little bit more here than meets the eye.
    1. wha posted on 06/05/2014 08:27 AM
      @wluis What are you talking about!? If she was trailing behind the other bike she would have much more time to see the car, especially if witnessing the accident!
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