Ma­nac­cu­sed inBian­ca Le­duc death fa­cesYou­thCourt judge

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A 20-year-old man char­ged with cri­mi­nal ne­gli­gence cau­sing death, and dan­ge­rous ope­ra­tion of amo­tor ve­hicle in con­nec­tion with the 2007 death of 3-year-old Bian­ca Le­duc was in a Sa­la­ber­ry-de-Val­ley­field Youth Court room last week.

The man can not be na­med be­cause he was ami­nor at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Du­ring the first day of a th­ree-day trial, court heard from Ja­cinthe Bé­gin, who was a ca­re­gi­ver to the girl un­til her death on Oc­to­ber 31, 2007.

Sub­sequent days in­clu­ded tes­ti­mo­ny from wit­nesses, as well as from ex­pert po­lice ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The girl’s mo­ther, Na­dine Le­duc, who is ex­pec­ting ano­ther child, was ac­com­pa­nied in court by mem­bers of her fa­mi­ly.

Bian­ca Le­duc was killed when two cars, one dri­ven by the young man on trial and one by Brandon Par­di, who tur­ned 18 the day of the ac­ci­dent, bum­ped each other near a Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Per­rot street. The ac­ci­dent cau­sed Par­di’s car to veer on­to Bé­gin’s lawn and in­to the lit­tle girl, who was out­side han­ging Hal­lo­ween de­co­ra­tions with her ca­re­gi­ver.

Brandon Par­di, who will be tried as an adult, is sche­du­led to stand trial be­gin­ning No­vem­ber 9.

The young man’s trial is sche­du­led to re­sume De­cem­ber 6 and 10.

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