Following the tragic death of a 12-year-old girl hit by a bus in Longueuil yesterday, an organization is sounding the alarm for the City to quickly redevelop this dangerous intersection for pedestrians.
“The place where she unfortunately died is not at all a favorable and safe artery for pedestrians”, denounces the Log Sandrine Cabana-Degani, director at Piétons Québec.
The student was fatally hit by a bus yesterday morning at the intersection of boulevard Roland-Therrien and chemin du Tremblay in Longueuil.
According to our information, she was running to catch up with her bus which was to take her to her secondary school a few kilometers away. The driver wouldn’t have had time to dodge it.
A nurse who was on board immediately tried to help him, but his death was pronounced on the spot when the first responders arrived, according to the Longueuil agglomeration police department (SPAL), which is investigating.
Urgency to act
“For me, the intersection where she died is almost an urban freeway. It’s over four lanes wide. It makes no sense to think that pedestrians are safe on that road. There are everywhere in Quebec like that. Not just in Longueuil. We must act to secure the lives of pedestrians,” insists Sandrine Cabana-Degani.
The Piétons Québec organization hopes above all that the tragedy that occurred yesterday will make cities aware of the safety of passers-by on major arteries. For example, by reducing the speed on the roads.
Pedestrians at high risk
“A pedestrian who is hit by a vehicle traveling at 50 km/ha has a 75% chance of dying. On the other hand, in an area at 30 km / h, it decreases to a 10% chance of dying, ”explains M.me Cabana Degani. It specifies that each additional lane on an artery also increases the risk of collisions with a pedestrian by 75%.
Note that the girl who died tragically in Longueuil yesterday died on a road where the speed limit is 50 km/h. Many pedestrians cross this intersection to get to the various bus stops.
Contacted on this subject, the City of Longueuil maintains that it is “too early” for it to be able to comment on this matter.
Yesterday, a man who introduced himself as a distant uncle of the young teenager came to bring flowers to the intersection where the fatal accident took place.
“It is a shock for the family. Twelve years old is young to leave this world, ”dropped Francis Rioux, 67, by depositing his small bouquet.
A small family from the area came to bring flowers and stuffed animals in turn. “A 12-year-old girl, we can’t remain indifferent to that. I also have a 12-year-old who is going to this school next year,” said the lady, looking at her child, while wiping away a tear.