Suspect arrested in deadly Laval hit and run
Laval police at the scene of a deadly hit and run at a McDonald's restaurant on Des Laurentides Blvd. on Oct. 21, 2013. (CTV Montreal/Wayne Toplosky)
Published Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:32AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:49AM EDT
24 hours after a deadly hit and run Laval police have arrested a suspect.
Officers spotted the man's car Tuesday morning on Laurentides Blvd. near Dagenais Blvd. not far from where the deadly crash took place the day before at a McDonald's drive-through.
They arrested the Vimont resident and brought him to a station for questioning, while his car has been seized and will be subjected to a thorough examination.
On Monday morning Claude Comte, 75, and his 73-year-old wife had parked their car and were walking into a McDonald's restaurant when they were run down by a black luxury SUV leaving the restaurant's drive-through.
The driver sped off, leaving his victims in his wake.
Comte and his wife were rushed to hospital, where doctors were unable to save Comte's life. His wife, whose name has not been released, suffered comparatively minor injuries.
Police said the incident was viewed by many witnesses and caught on surveillance video, leading them to create a short list of suspects.
Officers say that given the normally low speeds of a drive-through, as well as a hairpin turn at the exit, it's surprising the incident turned fatal.
"This incident is quite strange in that usually when you have fatalities they are high-speed incidents on busy highways or busy intersections," said Sgt. Frederic Jean, adding that he couldn't say whether the driver was distracted.
He added that parking lots often pose risks for pedestrians.
"Limited visibility can cause the greatest chance of an accident," said Jean.
The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.