Tow truck dri­ver’s fate in court’s hands

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A twen­ty-th­ree-year-old tow truck dri­ver will learn on Sep­tem­ber 15 if he­must stand trial in con­nec­tion with the death of an 18 year old Notre-Dame-de-l’ÎlePer­rot wo­man.

Ja­mesCas­ton­guay, of Très-Saint-Ré­demp­teur, who­was char­ged­with­lea­ving the scene of an ac­ci­dent, went be­fore Que­bec Court Judge Odette Per­ron in a Sa­la­ber­ry-de-Val­ley­field cour­troo­monAu­gust25and26.

Ca­the­rine Blan­che­manche, 18, died of her in­ju­ries af­ter being run over by a ve­hicle in the par­king lot out­side of ChezMau­rice in Saint-La­za­reonOc­to­ber3,2009.

Du­ring the pre­li­mi­na­ry hea­ring, de­fence lawyer Donato Delle Donne re­ques­ted and was gran­ted a pu­bli­ca­tion ban on tes­ti­mo­ny heard­du­ring the two­days in­court.

The night she­was killed, Blan­che­manche’s bo­dy was found by a dis­traught club pa­tron at close to2:30in­the­mor­ning.

Ac­cor­ding to Chez Maurice em­ployees who spo­ke­with re­por­ters the fol­lo­wing day, the young­wo­man had al­le­ged­ly gone to the club­wi­th­her boy­friend and friends to see the bandYoung Soul.

Chez Maurice ow­ner Ri­chard Char­trand said his em­ployees told him the slen­der blond­had­left the­bar alone.

She­was la­ter found­wi­thw­hat ap­pea­red to be se­ve­re­hea­din­ju­ries.

SQ in­ves­ti­ga­tors sei­zed Cas­ton­guay’s truck la­ter the same day as evi­dence in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice say the dri­ver told themhe did not know­he­ha­dru­na­nyo­neo­ver.

The young wo­man, who at­ten­ded col­lege at Cegep Ahunt­sic, first had as­pi­ra­tions of be­co­ming apo­lice of­fi­cer and­then­de­ci­ded­to work­wi­th­trou­ble­dyouths.

Ac­cor­ding to her fa­mi­ly, Blan­che­manche al­so vo­lun­tee­red at ho­me­less shel­ters and was an­ho­nour roll student.

SQ po­lice and ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors cor­do­ned off the area in which 18-year-old Ca­the­rine Blan­che­manche died last Oc­to­ber.

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