Coroner Donald Nicole concludes that the collision between a minivan and a heavy vehicle, in Saint-Frédéric en Beauce, on March 15, was the result of a voluntary action.
A father and two sons, aged 12 and 4, from Adstock, died. The mother and two other children survived.
Relatives of the decimated family came to pay their respects at the accident site in the following days.
The Beauceron family was traveling on Route 112 in a minivan late in the afternoon when it collided with a semi-trailer truck.
The coroner writes that the vehicle the father was driving, the minivan,
suddenly left its lane into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with the front of a semi-trailer truck traveling eastbound, the truck driver attempted to avoid the collision, but did not have time to brake before the collision, while that (the driver of the minivan) had never braked or attempted to avoid the collision before the impact occurred.
During the analysis, no traces of alcohol or drugs were detected. However, after urine analysis, traces of a drug to treat depression were found.
The coroner states in his report that the man’s relatives reported that he showed signs of fatigue shortly before the collision, but that
had not expressed any suicidal thoughts.
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