‘Ottawa’ Gatineau Police Believe Victim in Fatal Crash Initiated Road Rage Incident
The driver of a minivan who died after a Nov. 5 crash had swerved into a pickup truck in a fit of road rage — with his wife and four children on board, Gatineau police say.
Police say they won’t lay charges in the death because they are convinced the van’s driver deliberately caused the crash, which happened on Allumettières Boulevard near Vanier Road in Aylmer.
Both vehicles were heading east, and each driver had passed the other at least once.
The minivan was being passed by the truck, and as this happened police say the van driver deliberately swerved and hit the truck’s rear passenger-side door.
Following the collision, the minivan rolled over several times and ended up on its roof in a water-filled ditch, where the driver was submerged for several minutes.
He died in hospital later.
Police said the statements of witnesses and the police analysis of the scene and the vehicles showed conclusively that the minivan driver swerved deliberately into the other vehicle.
Police also credit several Good Samaritans with stopping and saving the lives of the victim’s wife and their children, who had minor injuries.
The occupants of the truck also had minor injuries.