The death of a third teenager in a road accident in less than a year has caused consternation in the Drummondville area, where a 15-year-old boy was fatally struck on his scooter on Wednesday evening.
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"I think it makes your friends and those around you who have scooters realize a lot that you have to be careful, watch all the accidents that can happen around them," laments Léa, 20, a close friend of Jasmin Beliveau's family.
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday in Drummondville, the teenager was traveling on Robert-Bernard Street when he was hit by a van which was traveling on René-Lévesque Boulevard towards the highway.
The contact, which would have occurred to a red light, propelled the young man several meters. He was then transported to a hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.
Although no criminal element has been identified, an investigation is underway to clarify the circumstances of the incident.
"The Best Jack"
In the early morning today, the news caused a shock wave in the entourage of Jasmin Béliveau. According to the testimonies collected by Le Journal, the one who had a twin and an older sister was known to be “a gang guy” very close to his family.
He was "an always smiling guy who always managed to put a smile in everyone's face even if you were having a bad day," adds Edouard Dupuis, another teammate, describing him as "the best Jack" ever. 'He knew.
In addition to hockey, the third-grade student, who lived in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, also liked to draw his energy from the outdoors, being an ATV and snowmobile enthusiast, in particular.
Rain of tributes
At Marie-Rivier high school, dozens of small messages and flowers were placed on Jasmin's hut.
Psychological support has been made available to students at the Les Chênes school service centre. This is the third student in this community to die in a traffic accident in almost a year.
In June 2021, in the Saint-Nicéphore sector, a 17-year-old boy, Alex Farcelais, lost his life in a violent road trip. Nearly five months later, a 13-year-old pedestrian, Émily Villeneuve, was fatally struck in Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham.
"Once again, it's time for solidarity and we are wholeheartedly with those who are directly affected by the events," said general manager Lucien Maltais, in a Facebook post.