Cyclist run over by police car fighting for life

Cyclist run over by police car fighting for life

Quebec City (Quebec) September 4, 2014 – At approximately 1pm on Wednesday afternoon on the corner of Parvis and St. François streets in the downtown area of Quebec City, a cyclist was hit and run over by a municipal police patrol car which was backing up at high speed. Several witnesses were at the scene and saw it all go down much to their horror and disbelief.

From eyewitness accounts collected at the scene several infractions were evident starting with the police car driving in reverse down Saint François Street at a very high speed. No one is quite sure why the patrol car suddenly squealed its tires and started pursuing the cyclist going backwards. Some witnesses said it appeared like the driver wanted to somehow bump the biker off his bike but misjudged his manoeuvres. In any event, the cyclist fell under the car and was run over by one of the rear wheels.

It was also strange, according to some at the scene, that instead of trying to help the victim, the police were more occupied with holding him down on the ground to restrain him and moving him to a different location even though it was quite obvious he was badly injured by the sight of blood coming from his mouth. The injured man in his 50’s was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is reportedly in critical condition.

A third and strange event in the accident was the removal of the bicycle from the scene as soon as the police officer realised what had happened whereas normally the vehicles implicated in an accident would be left in place for an investigation.

The reasoning behind the whole incident is uncertain for the moment but, one thing on everyone’s mind is, no matter what the cyclist did or provoked, he didn’t deserve to be run over.

A separate investigation has been mandated by the (Sûreté du Québec) Quebec Provincial Police, to explain the causes and repercussions regarding the accident.

Life in Québec staff writer

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