Driving in reverse on a hill is not criminal

News 26 March, 2018
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    The accident occurred in the range 7 and 8 west of St-Felix on June 11, 2014 in the evening so that the grader was travelling in the opposite direction.

    David Prince

    Monday, march 26, 2018 17:44

    Monday, march 26, 2018 17:44

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    AMOS | The driver of a road grader which was travelling in the opposite direction by going up a hill was acquitted yesterday of dangerous driving causing the death of two of his acquaintances.

    Charles Gregory was driving a road grader for a few weeks for the municipality of Saint Félix near Amos in Abitibi, where he has been involved in the June 11, 2014 in an accident that caused the death of Jason Quévillon, 21 years old, and Mathieu Blais, 22 years old, two young people with whom he had grown up.

    Upon impact, Mr. Gregory, who was 20 years old during the events, happening for the third time in the row 7 and 8 west. The practice was that it passes a first time to the right, once to the centre and he comes back in the opposite direction of the traffic to the left of the road.

    Upon impact, he was going up a hill, so that the two victims were seen at the last second the grader. The ram in front of the grader was then raised to 90 centimetres and is entered directly into the windshield of the Mazda 3 black.

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    Jason Quévillon, Deceased


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    Mathieu Blais, Who Died


    Technical dangerous

    It was several years ago that the operators of Saint-Félix did as well and it is like this that the bosses had shown to Charles Gregory to level the ranks.

    He had had to do in the face of remonstrances from his bosses when he had made only two passes a few days before.

    In a lengthy decision, the judge Lucille Chabot has mentioned found dangerous the technique of three passes to level the ranks, a practice still taught and used in municipal landfill in several small municipalities “essentially to save time”.


    It has, however, acquitted Charles Gregory charges of dangerous driving causing death because it was the way he was taught to level up the ranks.

    “The misconduct is not that of a single person, but a department full. The standard itself is objectively dangerous,” said the judge.

    The lawyer of Charles Gregory, Nathalie Pelletier, expressed satisfaction, even if his client will have to live with it all his life.

    “It will not its psychological trauma. My client knew people who died. My client has found it very difficult and it always needs help,” she said.