Fatal accident in Kamouraska: his car crushed “like a pancake”

Fatal accident in Kamouraska: his car was crushed «like a pancake

and Louis Deschênes MISE À DAY

The motorist who was hit head-on by a heavy truck on Route 289, in Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, had no chance, according to first responders who arrived on place, Thursday morning.

“The car was completely crushed, like a pancake. In my 27-year career, I have rarely seen such a brutal impact, ”suggested the director of the KamEst Fire Safety Service, Robin Laplante. 

The incident occurred around 7 a.m. Thursday morning in the small municipality of Bas-Saint-Laurent. The motorist, who was traveling on rang Saint-Gérard Est, was violently struck at the intersection of Route 289, from the side, by the trucker who was traveling northbound. 

“ It was only after a few minutes of searching that we finally found the car in the ditch, hidden by the load of lumber from the flatbed truck that had overturned,” explained Mr. Laplante.  

The paramedics who arrived on the scene could only note the death of Geneviève Lavoie, the 28-year-old woman from Rivière-du-Loup who was alone in the car.

Geneviève Lavoie

< strong>Relatives in shock

The news had the effect of a bomb in the entourage of the young woman, and the messages of love swept on social networks .

“His laugh and his smile were contagious. She made me feel good. She made us all feel good. Words fail me…”, confided to the Journal Anne-Renée Noël, a good friend and former colleague of Geneviève Lavoie. 

Anne-Renée Noël was a very good friend of Geneviève Lavoie, with whom she shared a passion for several outdoor hobbies, including paddle boarding.

Geneviève Lavoie had been employed by Tourisme Rivière-du-Loup since May. His colleagues made a point of highlighting his brief passage in their lives.

“It's with hearts in pieces and souls in mush that life forces us to say goodbye to you, Geneviève… The office, silent by your absence, is a real heartbreak for each of us… “, they wrote on Facebook. 

An improved road

According to a consensus between the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the KamEst Fire Department, the 28-year-old woman was believed to have been blinded by the sun at the time of the accident. The configuration of the route would therefore not be at issue in this case.

It must be said that this is not the first time that a fatal collision has occurred at this location. In 1997, an impact between a truck transporting wood and a car killed five people at the same intersection. which reduced the visibility of motorists traveling there. The Ministry of Transport has since taken corrective measures, assures Mr. Laplante.

The driver of the truck also suffered serious injuries, but his life is not in danger.

A shower of tributes

According to her friends, Geneviève Lavoie was an adventurer and loved to travel.

“A young woman full of dreams and ambitions, appreciated by all. We will deeply miss her and her sparkling eyes, her communicative laughter and all her creative intelligence.”

Claire Michaud, friend and former co-worker

“Geneviève was a young woman full of projects, she seemed to have her whole life ahead of her. Ge, she was a traveler, an adventurous, a creator of great talent, a great dreamer, a consumer of good times and good opportunities. We will miss her big blue eyes, her smile and her laugh, but never more than her presence in this world.”

Jessy Ouellet, friend and former co-worker

“Friendship has no age. We were proof of this with the twenty years that separate us. I would have liked our paths to cross long before to make the most of your beautiful energy. Bon voyage, my beautiful friend!”

Anne-Renée Noël, friend with whom she did outdoor activities

“It is with hearts in pieces and souls in mush that life forces us to say goodbye to you, Geneviève, our friend, our colleague. The office, silent by your absence, is a real heartbreaker for each of us… We miss your laughter, your sparkling eyes and your joie de vivre so much already. All our thoughts are with your family and loved ones who will miss you forever. Bon voyage, Ge!”

Tourisme Rivière-du-Loup, his employer

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