He must pay$ 1.1 Million for a boat accident

News 9 July, 2017
  • Catherine Montambeault

    Sunday, 9 July, 2017 21:58

    Sunday, 9 July, 2017 21:58

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    A boat ride on the lake Saint-François, 10 years ago comes to be very expensive for a boater for Châteauguay, who will have to pay over a million dollars to a woman bumped into after having been expelled from the buoy pulled by his boat.

    In a judgment rendered Wednesday, the Quebec superior Court declared that the driver of the boat, Pierre Lebrun “does not behave in a prudent and diligent” and is therefore responsible for the accident that caused head trauma to Brenda Emond.

    “I am relieved that it has finally been concluded and that the judge has done a good job, said the victim. At the same time, it seems that I don’t realize it. I’m still in my 10 years of woe. “

    Mr. Lebrun has been ordered to pay to Ms. Emond, now unfit to work, the sum of one million dollars for the loss of earnings past and future. It will also have to pay 120 000 $ to compensate for the physical and moral sufferings suffered by the passenger of the buoy, and to reimburse the legal expenses incurred, for a total of 1 145 793 $.

    Wave of two feet

    On August 11, 2007, Branda Émond, his 15 year old daughter Kelly and a friend of the family took place in an air chamber, driven by the boat’s Pierre Lebrun when it began a turn to the right to avoid hitting a wave about two feet in height.

    During this manoeuvre, the buoy drifted to the left and collided with the wave at a speed of at least 20 mph, which resulted in the expulsion of three passengers.

    According to the Court, “other options that are safer for the passengers of the buoy” was offered to Pierre Lebrun, who had ” the necessary time to react “. It would for example have been able to cut the engine or significantly reduce the speed of the boat.

    Back on the boat, Mrs. Émond complained of nausea, dizziness and pain in the head. Shortly after his return on land, the 45-year old woman lost consciousness before being transported by ambulance to the hospital. She finally received a diagnosis of minor head injury.

    Since that time, the condition of Brenda Emond has not ceased to deteriorate, which has led her to pursue her long-time friend, Mr. Lebrun.

    She is suffering from severe headaches, sensitivity to noise, memory loss, and a decrease in the concentration which prevents a return to his job as manager of the inventories.

    Now that she knows she will be compensated, the wife of Terrebonne believes it will be able to “make peace” with what happened. “I am happy, the truth has prevailed,” she concludes.

    The Newspaper has not managed to get in contact with Mr. Lebrun.