Family marks third anniversary of Patricia accident
In a show of support synonymous with the community spirit that drives the Citizens’ Action Committee on Public Security, CACSP, the original St. Lazare chapter got to work Sunday alongside Patricia Jolicoeur’s family. Claude, Lyse and their son, Mathieu Jolicoeur, spent part of a chilly day handing more than 1,000 information brochures to drivers on Bédard Ave., at the corner of St. Elizabeth St.
The message was simple: “Please slow down for Patricia.”
Claude Jolicoeur might have added: Please slow down for everyone’s sake.
Sunday marked the third anniversary of the night Patricia was struck and gravely wounded while walking the family dog, Maya, on her residential Saddlebrook street in St. Lazare.
She currently lives in a semi-vegetative state in aWest Island long-term care facility.
Dorval resident Edward Hakim, who used to live in St. Lazare, was arrested in connection with theNov. 29, 2006crime.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily injuries and was sentenced to 18 months in a provincial prison for the accident.
Hehas since been released.
Trying tomake a difference
Noting that last weekend was especially deadly on Québec’s roads, Jolicoeur said though drivers’ habits don’t seem to be changing, hewould “never stop trying” to get people toslowdownwhile behind thewheel.
In for the campaign after moving toToronto last year, founder Gilles Boudreau saw things differently. Noting that Jolicoeur may understandably feel discouraged at times, Boudreau said he firmly believes prevention campaigns in partnership with SQ police work.
“We know we’re making a difference,” Boudreau said, adding, “Today, we’re not only thinking of Patricia, we’re thinking of Bianca (Leduc), of Anee (Khudaverdian) andmany others” who were hit in the region in high profile road accidents.
He said having the Jolicoeur family on site would help drive home the need to change motorists’ habits.
“I think it demonstrates that it can happen to anybody,” Boudreau said.
Since the original St. Lazare group formed in 2005, 16 additional committees have been founded in off-island communities.
A chapter was also formed in Ste. Anne de Bellevue thatworkswithMontreal Police.
According to Boudreau, more than 50,000 people have been reached through information and education campaigns.
Meanwhile, Jolicoeur is devoting time to a recently created website titled Road and Traffic Victims’ Association that helps those facing similar challenges.
“It can be hard knowing where to turn for legal or medical help, knowing what resources are out there,” Jolicoeur said.
Road and Traffic Victims’ Association website is: http://roadvictims.netfirms.ca.
Claude and Lyse Jolicoeur handed out brochures to drivers asking them to slowdown.