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Published March 14, 2023

Driver in fatal Quebec crash ran down pedestrians randomly, including children: cops

The injured include children - one who is less than one year old

Police allege the driver of a pickup truck that killed two people and injured nine others in the eastern Quebec town of Amqui acted deliberately and with premeditation.

Provincial police Sgt. Claude Doiron says the 38-year-old driver will appear in court later today.

Doiron said the police investigation suggests the driver swerved from one side of the road to the other over a "certain distance" to hit victims who were chosen at random and who range in age from less than one year to 77.

Gérald Charest, 65, and Jean Lafrenière, 73, were killed during the alleged attack.

The injured include two children — one who is less than one year old and another who is about three — who were both seriously hurt but whose lives are not in danger.

The suspect turned himself into police shortly after the Monday afternoon collisions and is being investigated by police for hit-and-run and murder.

Banner image: Police officers check the scene of a fatal crash, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 in Amqui Que.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2023.

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