Drugs, speed and alcohol cause his death

News 11 July, 2017
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    Carl Joyal Salvas

    Caroline Lepage

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:24

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:24

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    SAINT-EDMOND-DE-GRANTHAM | coroner warns motorists to the mortal danger that represents the mixture of alcohol, drugs, extreme speed and failure to wear a seat belt.

    “Is it possible to see more such cases in 2017 ? One would have thought, in 1960,” says the coroner Yvon Garneau Garneau, in his report, made public Tuesday, in the wake of the accident that claimed the life of Carl Joyal Salvas, October 20, 2016.

    The motorist, 22-year-old had met all the conditions that are most dangerous to kill themselves at the wheel. It was travelling at about 150 km/h, had more than double the legal limit of blood alcohol, had used cocaine and cannabis, and was not wearing his seat belt.


    He was alone on the road 122, to 1: 15 p.m., in Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham, in Centre-du-Québec, when his vehicle crashed into a ditch and the wall of a house. He then sectioned off a power pole. He was ejected under the blow of the impact, which has been fatal.

    To the coroner, it is a death too many and he wants to alert motorists prior to the vacation period, a season often tragic results on the roads of Quebec.

    “It is still a young”, ” sad he.

    Carl Joyal Salvas came out of a bar in Drummondville when he took the wheel while driving impaired.

    “He went to discuss with his friend finishing the work to change the ideas,” says a childhood friend, Ugo Roger.

    According to relatives, the employee of the laundry of the hospital Sainte Croix de Drummondville had a lot of trouble sleeping.

    “This was caused by the unhealthy to his work. Carl had decided to lodge a complaint against two colleagues. He died before his or her complaint be declared admissible, so it remained a dead letter,” said the victim’s mother, Josée Joyal.

    Asleep at the wheel ?

    Many are convinced that the victim fell asleep at the wheel.

    The coroner does not exclude this possibility, that the autopsy could not confirm.

    “The speed is in question in the same way that alcohol and narcotics are consumed in the hours leading up to the loss of control of the vehicle”, he said in his report.

    As the holiday period is the most critical in the roads of Quebec, the need of the hour is awareness.

    “I hope that the death of this young motorist will save another,” concluded Mr. Garneau.