Group calls for caution over long weekend after teen struck and killed

Members of MADD Ottawa are hoping the death of a teenage girl in Gatineau Tuesday will drive home an important message in time for the holiday weekend.

Tragedy on the roads always seem to happen during times when people are travelling a bit more to see family and friends, like Labour Day weekend, around Christmas and during prom time, said Tina Nagratha, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Ottawa chapter spokeswoman.

“But you always have to keep in mind that drinking and driving don’t mix.”


Since Tuesday’s tragedy, the MADD Ottawa office has been flooded with calls from concerned people who know the family of the victim, said Nagratha.

“They want to know how we as a society can make a difference,” said Nagratha. “People are definitely concerned.

“I think it really hits home when someone is killed. When a 17-year-old girl is killed, it has a major impact. It could be anyone’s child, anyone’s girlfriend.”

Remi William Comeau, 51, is facing numerous charges, including impaired driving and dangerous driving causing death, after the pickup truck he was allegedly driving struck and killed 17-year-old cyclist Marie-Helene Primeau on the Lady Aberdeen Bridge Tuesday evening.

Comeau, who has been twice convicted of driving while impaired, was taken to hospital in Gatineau overnight Wednesday after being attacked in jail, said Sûreté du Québec Const. Melanie Larouche.

“It happened late last night in the jail,” Larouche said yesterday. “They found him lying on the ground unconscious.”

The man suffered injuries to his face and head. He has been treated and is now back in jail. The incident is under investigation by the police service’s major crime unit.

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  • According to MADD statistics, four people in Canada are killed in drinking and driving incidents every day.

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