Police believe driver may have been impaired during two crashes in Sorel-Tracy that killed one

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Police believe driver may have been impaired during two crashes in Sorel-Tracy that killed one

A motorcyclist later died of injuries sustained during the first collision and subsequent attempt to flee.

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La Presse Canadienne

A Surete du Quebec police car is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
A Surete du Quebec police car is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Photo by Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

A driver police believe was under the influence of drugs was involved in two crashes Tuesday in Sorel-Tracy, 65 kilometres northeast of Montreal, causing one death.

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The first collision happened on Route Marie-Victorin around 9 a.m. A motorcyclist was hit by a van and fell to the ground.

According to the Sûreté du Québec, preliminary information indicates the motorcyclist got up and managed to grab on to the van, which continued by turning onto Béatrice St. It’s there that the motorcyclist was found, near a traffic sign, in critical condition. He was declared dead in a hospital hours later.

The driver of the van continued driving to Prince St., almost a kilometre away on the other side of the Richelieu River, where the vehicle hit a dump truck. It was here that police apprehended the driver, who had minor injuries and was brought to a hospital.

Police have made a request for a blood sample, believing the man was driving under the influence of one or more drugs. Results will be known in the coming days. The driver could face charges of dangerous driving causing death and hit-and-run causing death.

Accident investigators were sent to the scene to determine the circumstances of events.

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