MONTREAL – Crown prosecutors in Quebec will not lay charges against a motorist whose vehicle struck and killed a cyclist.
Clement Ouimet, 18, died last October shortly after being hit as the driver attemped a U-turn.
The Crown says it studied the Montreal police report into the death and concluded it would not be able to prove the driver was guilty.
Ouimet’s loved ones were informed of the decision before the Crown made it public Wednesday.
The police report stated the motorist, an American who was visiting Montreal, said he looked in the mirrors before attempting the manoeuvre and that he saw no cars or bicycles.
A passenger in the vehicle said the same thing, while the Crown noted that an expert quoted in the police report confirmed the likelihood of that hypothesis.
“The expert concluded the cyclist didn’t have enough time or distance to avoid the collision,” the Crown said in its statement.