Wanted road rage: he tried to push over a worker on Highway 20

Wanted road rage: he tried to push over a worker on Highway 20

The police are actively looking for a road rager who tried to push a worker from the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD) into a lane on Highway 20, in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, to kill him. .

“I’m really scared to death,” said the 65-year-old, his eyes red.

Fearing retaliation, the victim of this completely impossible incident asked to remain anonymous.

A former paramedic, the father has worked at MTMD for less than ten years. Sunday night, he was in his car when he was asked to remove the pieces of a couch that violated Highway 20, at kilometer 113.

Once on the scene, he stopped his truck and let go of his light arrow. Then, his partner came to help him and left his car a few meters behind him.

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He was about to be hit

“While I was putting debris in my truck, I saw a car that avoided my partner, then returned to our lane,” he explained. Because I was in front, he passed very close to my truck and almost hit it.”

Outraged by this kind of behavior that unfortunately happens almost every day, the victim let out a startled cry and raised his arms in the air to show his anger.

Out of frustration, the angry driver stopped and got out of his car.

“He shouted to me:” whatever!”, said the sixty-year-old boy who was still shocked. And when I told him to leave, he pushed me back and I fell to the ground.”

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Afterwards, the men pushed each other. The driver immediately caught the worker and tried to push him to the other side of the highway, where the speed of the cars was very fast.

“Help me! Help me!” the victim shouted to the good Samaritans who stopped.

When one of them tried to intervene, the road rager allegedly threatened to kill him. Then he allegedly fled in his car.

So far, no arrests have been made, but the investigation is making good progress, indicates the Sûreté du Québec.

Increase in incidents

Like his union, the 65-year-old man criticized the increase in violent incidents since the pandemic. Almost 24 hours before his attack, this same worker saw his van being rear-ended by a speeding motorist while blocking a lane as part of a crime scene.

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“And it’s not good,” said Franck Di Scala, regional president of the Quebec Public and Parapublic Service Union (SFPQ). Workers are often insulted, things thrown, coffee thrown at them, etc. It’s common.”

The MTMD, for its part, showed that it takes the situation seriously and offered support to the victim and the employee who witnessed the events.

Although he said he liked his job before Sunday’s incident, the worker had a hard time considering going back to work under the circumstances.

“I don’t want to be in a wheelchair or die, hit by a car,” he said.