Quebec man found guilty in death of pregnant woman struck outside hospital in 2016


A Quebec City man who'd been urged not to drive by doctors because of his epilepsy has been found guilty on three counts of criminal negligence after fatally hitting a pregnant woman outside a city hospital in 2016.

Jonathan Falardeau-Laroche was on trial for the death of Marie-Pier Gagne, who was struck outside the Laval University Health Centre on Aug. 10, 2016.

Falardeau-Laroche had just come from an appointment with his own neurologist when he struck Gagne, who was 40 weeks pregnant and going to a pre-natal clinic.

Gagne was killed, but doctors delivered her daughter and she survived despite suffering serious injuries. Another driver was also injured.

Quebec court Judge Pierre-L. Rousseau concluded that Falardeau-Laroche's actions amounted to reckless indifference when he decided to get behind the wheel of his car against the advice of his own doctor and his colleagues.

He was found guilty on three counts, criminal negligence causing the death of Gagne and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm of the unborn baby and the other driver.