Tow truck driver’s fate in court’s hands
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.