The daughter of a Hells Angel, accused of killing her best friend while driving dangerously and drunk, would never have applied the brakes before the fatal impact.
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This is the conclusion of the reconstitutionist of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Julie Landry, who analyzed the registration module of the airbags of the Nissan Juke by Karell Tanguay.
“The braking system was never activated during the five seconds preceding the event,” gently summed up the expert Thursday, at the courthouse in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
Data collected by the policewoman also shows that the 24-year-old accused was barely driving above the 90 km / h limit before causing a head-on collision.
The impact on July 15, 2018, on Route 132, in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Montérégie, claimed the life of Olivia Drozdoski Richardson.
The 22-year-old was a passenger in the SUV driven by the daughter of veteran biker Yvon Tanguay. The collision also caused serious injuries to the couple who were in the other vehicle involved.
Karell Tanguay is currently on trial for dangerous driving, impaired driving and driving with over 80 mg of alcohol, all of which caused death and injury.
During her testimony before Judge Richard Marleau on Thursday, Constable Landry mentioned that a “sharp right turn maneuver” was performed, a second and a half before the deployment of the airbags.
“Not the Holy Spirit”
In cross-examination, Mr.e Michel Vleminckx, from the defense, tried to get the police to say that it was a “reaction” from his client, to what she saw in front of her. The Crown, represented by Me Patrick Cardinal, opposed, arguing that only the driver could enlighten the court on this subject.
“Of course it is not the intervention of the Holy Spirit, the steering wheel. But why and how it was given is Mme [Tanguay] who can say it ”, decided the magistrate.
As for the mechanical inspection of the accused’s vehicle, it revealed that the SUV’s tires were “finished, finished, finished”.
“I would never have put that on a customer’s vehicle. Winter tires would have been safer, ”said mechanic Kenneth Brunette.
This is also one of the only things that the expert was able to verify, since the Nissan Juke was “completely demolished” by the collision.
“It’s one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time and I’ve been towing for the SQ for 30 years,” he illustrated.