At 19, she dies ejected from her new snowmobile

A young snowmobiler tragically lost her life in an accident related to her lack of experience this week, in Mauricie. Her best friend now wants to make thrill seekers aware of the dangers of snowmobiling.

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“When you get on a snowmobile, you feel invincible. It’s due to the feeling of adrenaline, but that feeling doesn’t last. You always have to be aware of the risks you are taking,” said Mercédes Biron, 24.

Her close friend, Justine Rousseau, was ejected from her snowmobile during an S-turn on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the young woman was in a curve on trail number 3, near Highway 55, when she left the road. She then allegedly hit a tree and her helmet split on the spot.


After the accident, the snowmobiler was taken to hospital where she was in critical condition. It was not until Wednesday, around 3 p.m., that she succumbed to her injuries. The lack of experience would be in question, according to the SQ.

“She had just received the snowmobile as a gift in December. She was just starting to do it, ”explained Mercédes Biron.

Saturday morning, a few days after the death of Justine Rousseau, another snowmobiler in his thirties died in a snowmobile accident in Drummondville.

love of agriculture

“Justine was my best friend, my confidante. We were always together,” confided the young woman, who shared her passion for agriculture with her friend.

Moreover, the 19-year-old snowmobiler had the goal of one day taking over the family farm, belonging to her father.

“Justine was a ball of energy who always saw the positive everywhere. She had a lot of ambition, ”testified her best friend.

« [Son] dream of becoming a farmer took a different path. Fate has chosen to change our expansion plans, our future projects. I will continue to be inspired by [sa] great bravery and [sa] determination to continue [son] dream, ”wrote his father, Guy Rousseau, on Facebook.

A few days after the accident, Justine’s father witnessed the birth of a female calf on the farm, which he will name Justine in honor of his daughter.

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