Trial underway for SQ officer in 2014 death of 5-year-old boy
The first day of the trial of the SQ officer charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a 5-year-old boy in St. Hubert four years ago has heard some emotional statements from the boy's father.
Nicholas Thorne-Belance was in the car with his 13-year-old sister as they were being driven to daycare and school by their father, Mike Belance on February 13, 2014.
Their car was hit by the unmarked car of Patrick Ouellet who was involved in a police surveillance operation at the time. Ouellet was doing 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone at Gaétan-Boucher and Davis.
Day 1 wraps up in trial of SQ officer Patrick Ouellet, charged w/ dangerous driving causing death of Nicholas Thorne-Belance,5, in 2014 in St. Hubert.Ouellet was in unmarked car as part of police surveillance op, doing 120k/h in 50k zone when he hit the car the boy was in. #CJAD pic.twitter.com/2ETCVFTQk3— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 11, 2018
Mike Belance is heard in an audio interview with police at Ste Justine Hospital on the day of the accident that was played in court.
Belance is heard saying he was making a left turn onto Davis on a green light when he saw a car coming towards him pretty fast.
Belance said he thought he had time to turn but that the other driver would have slowed down seeing him turn. Belance said when the other driver didn't slow down, he accelerated to try to turn faster and avoid being hit.
Belance said at one point, he found himself doing a 360 and then was on the other side of the road, pointing in the opposite direction.
This is the car seat Nicholas Thorne-Belance was in when his dad's car was hit in St-Hubert in 2014. The 5-year-old died in the crash. SQ officer Patrick Ouellet is on trial for dangerous driving causing death. #CJAD pic.twitter.com/xFdwEqvYBN— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) June 11, 2018
Belance starts breaking down at this point, sobbing and saying he looked over at his children who were unconscious and he thought they were dead.
Belance said he called out for help, saying he didn't want to lose his children.
Earlier the trial heard from a crime scene technician who showed hundreds of photos of the accident scene - Ouellet's car completely wrecked in the front and Belance's car smashed on the passenger's side.
The trial continues for the next two weeks.