Survivor of highway accident lays no blame
Published Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:23PM EDT
The woman who lost two family members in a tragic road accident Sunday night says she doesn't blame the young woman who will be charged in their deaths.
Pauline Volikakis witnessed the deaths of her 50-year-old husband, Andre Roy, and her 16-year-old daughter, Jessie, after their motorcycle slammed into the back of a car that had come to a complete stop in the left lane of Highway 30 in Candiac.
Volikakis was riding on a second motorcycle at the time of the accident.
The driver in the car ahead of the two motorcycles stopped and parked her car after she saw a family of ducks on the road. She got out of her car to try to help them cross the road.
"I'm not blaming the young girl, because I think she wasn't thinking," said Volikakis.
Roy died at the scene.
"I went to see him and I told him, I love you stay with me, please, please, please stay with me (…) and he just opened an eye and he just closed it again," Volikakis said.
Meanwhile, their daughter remained pinned beneath the car.
"I was yelling, ‘My daughter's under the car!' and they couldn't do anything. They had to wait for the firemen to come so they could lift the car so they could get my daughter out of there."
She later died in hospital.
The driver of the car faces two charges of criminal negligence causing death.
"On the highway, you are not supposed to stop a car in the left lane. You have no place for that. If you have to stop to make an emergency stop you have to do it in the right lane," said Surete du Quebec Sgt. Ronald McKinnis.
McKinnis said police are investigating to determine if the motorcyclists were simply unable to swerve past the parked car on the right, or if they were travelling too close and unable to stop in time.
Funerals for the father and daughter are being planned for the end of the week.