After improvising detectives to find the one who had caught their friend, relatives of the 16-year-old victim of a fatal hit-and-run last month in Saint-Lin-Laurentides are delighted at the arrest of the alleged driver , Wednesday.
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“We had big doubts, everything pointed towards him,” says Samuel Harnois-Laliberté, one of Émile Martineau’s best friends, loosely abandoned along the road 335, in Lanaudière, on September 29.
“We understood that investigators had to take the time to do things right. It is better to find the right person than to want to go too fast and rush the job, ”said the young man who, affected by the sudden loss of his boyfriend, tried to help the police.
“I walked again, knocked on doors, asked everyone who seemed to have a camera to check their images and send them to the police,” says Samuel.
It was her way of going through mourning and feeling useful through this incomprehensible drama.
During this time, the sleuths of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) continued their task. After nearly a month of investigation, they were able to pin Derick Pimparé, 21, on Wednesday.
Her 3 month old baby in the vehicle
Everything indicates that the man, who lives 150 meters from the scene of the collision, was returning home after a dinner with his father in Joliette when he fatally struck Émile Martineau, who was walking on the side of the road. Her 3 month old baby was also in the vehicle. Pimparé then fled, ignoring the teenager lying lifeless on the shoulder.
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Investigators found his van a few days later in the same area.
She was towed, then combed through by the reconstruction experts.
“The police had a great challenge in front of them, launches Pierre Bellemare, a specialist in reconstruction of collision scenes at retirement. It greatly complicates the work when the vehicle is no longer on the scene. ”
Camouflage and possible accomplice
What is more, Pimparé is said to have carried out work on his van in the hours following the fatal accident in order to cover up the damage to the bumper. He might have benefited from the help of a friend in order to achieve this.
The young father was charged with a fatal hit and run and obstruction of justice by inciting a witness to provide false testimony on Wednesday at the Joliette courthouse.
Dressed in a black hoodie, the blond-haired boy appeared tired and preoccupied during his appearance. He will remain in detention pending further proceedings.
He is also forbidden to communicate with some of his best friends, including Hugo Dalpé-Hébert, 20 years old. The latter was questioned on Wednesday and released on a promise to appear. He could be accused of complicity after the fact, according to the SQ.
A little balm
The indictment of Pimparé delighted more than one in Saint-Lin – Laurentides, where the memory of the victim remains vivid, as evidenced by the accumulation of doggies still present on the scene.
“It’s a huge relief for all of us today [mercredi], says Arianne Méthot, a childhood friend. I knew Émile, but I also know the Pimparé family. It’s weird knowing the people involved. It is not forgivable, but it brings a little balm. “
“It won’t bring Émile back, but at least justice will be done !!! Émile deserves that the culprit is behind bars and we will be able to begin to mourn, ”wrote the teenager’s mother-in-law to our colleague Yves Poirier, from TVA Nouvelles.
–With Roxane Trudel