An ex-trucker on the road to prison

An ex-trucker on the road to prison

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A driver who fatally struck a motorcyclist in front of his wife, while he was drinking and handling his cell phone, was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison. 

“The court considers that this is an appropriate sentence to meet the objectives of denunciation and deterrence”, launched Friday the judge Kathlyn Gauthier, after pronouncing the sentence of Frédéric Papillon, at the courthouse of Saint- Jérôme.

The 51-year-old ex-trucker had previously pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and causing the death of Marcel Aubry on August 1, 2020 .

The victim Marcel Aubry

That day, the 52-year-old victim was taking advantage of a beautiful day to ride a motorcycle with his wife. They were celebrating the latter's party together, on Route 335, in Saint-Calixte, in Lanaudière.

Around 2:45 p.m., Papillon was traveling in the opposite direction in a Mazda car, when he swerved into the opposite lane. 

He hit the motorcyclist head-on, who did not survive.

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On the spot, the shocked driver repeated: “It's my fault. »

After consuming all night, Papillon had drunk two more alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel. Unsurprisingly, he failed the breathalyzer. 

An analysis of his cell phone also showed that he had taken part in eight calls in the minutes preceding the impact.

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According to the evidence, he did not use a “hands-free” system in his vehicle.

He then discussed his strained family relations and his legal disputes, while striking on the dashboard.

“Because of my excesses of rage, I held the wheel badly,” Papillon allegedly admitted to a responder. 

He also acknowledges that the calls contributed to the accident and constituted a distraction , said the judge.

This one underlined the laxity, the recklessness and the great irresponsibility of Papillon.

In the previous month, the drama, the ex – trucker had two speeding tickets.

The prosecution was pleased with the sentence, which is in line with the average of the decisions rendered in similar circumstances.

“It is a judgment that was clear, we had to denounce this scourge in Canada”, has commented Me Juliette Gauthier-Soucy.

Hasted lives

According to the Crown prosecutor, the victim's wife is relieved that the case is over , and seemed satisfied.

In a letter to the court, Papillon confided that he had wasted the rest of his life and that of Mr. Aubry's relatives.

When he left prison, he will be prohibited from driving for a period of 4 years, “in order to protect society”, specified the magistrate Gauthier.

“Good luck, sir”, she wished to the man who seemed nervous on Friday before leaving the room with his suitcase.

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