UPDATED: Woman killed in hit and run on Queen Mary

A 70-year-old woman was killed in a hit and run on Queen Mary road at 10:30 PM Tuesday.

The accident happened near the Westbury Ave intersection in the Côte-des-Neiges area.

"The suspect’s vehicle hit the woman who was on the side of the road," said Montreal police Cst. Raphael Bergeron. "The suspect's vehicle stopped, the driver came out of the vehicle but went quickly behind the wheel and left the scene of the accident."

The victim was left alone on the ground.  Doctors pronounced her dead later in hospital.

Police are speaking to witnesses and collecting video footage from nearby businesses to try and locate the suspect, who they say was a man driving a dark SUV.

Some residents in the area told CJAD the intersection is unsafe because of the construction outside Snowdon metro station, which hides pedestrians or forces them into the road.

“Often cars are not seeing you and not even recognizing that they need to stop. So they’re speeding out thinking that nobody’s there and then all of a sudden all these pedestrians are stepping out.  It happens at least once a day that a driver is slamming on his breaks because he’s going right through the intersection even though pedestrians have the right of way,” Amy, who lives in an apartment building at the corner, said.

An employee who works at the Couche-Tard, at the intersection, said that motorists rarely respect the speed limit on Queen Mary road and that more tickets should be given.

“There are many accidents on Queen Mary, this is not the first time,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 514-393-1133.

 

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  1. TS posted on 06/18/2014 06:15 AM
    If this is at the Métro Snowdon construction site, it was a tragedy waiting to happen. The fact that it's ht an run makes it even more deplorable. The area is confusing to drivers and pedestrians.

    I also think that it's time to set up surveillance cameras in public spaces...
    1. Colin posted on 06/18/2014 09:20 AM
      @TS While the matter was a sad one, allowing the Municipality to blindly turn Montreal into a police controlled and constantly monitored City would not be beneficial to its citizens.
  2. Manu posted on 06/18/2014 12:56 PM
    Queen-Mary is also extremely frustrating to drive on because cars will often come to a complete stop anywhere they want in one lane or the other, causing motorists to swerve around them. If someone wants to stop, find a parking spot and park there, not in the middle of a busy road.
  3. mike posted on 06/19/2014 02:30 PM
    Giving more speeding tickets will only further depress society, and even throw people into more desperation financially .. why not do a study on why people are so frustrated that they have to speed . The results may be surprising .. perhaps people will reply every 2 intersections there's another red light .. why not add sensors on lights to cause them to change according to traffic flow ... Instead of having cops give tickets for illegal 2nd lane right turns why not have those people directing traffic instead of acting like crocodiles in a river where a heard of animals are crossing ..just a thought
  4. Terry posted on 06/22/2014 10:01 AM
    How about the contractors, moving companies and private individuals parking across the sidewalk for extended periods and forcing pedestrians onto the street. Why do they not place pylons to create a safe passage on the street around their vehicles? And why do the police turn a blind eye to this dangerous practice?
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