Tragic Death of Clé­ment Ouimet

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

The cy­cling com­mu­nity was sad to learn that Clé­ment Ouimet, 18, a mem­ber of the Fédéra­tion québé­cois des sports cy­clistes, was killed on Oct. 4 while cy­cling on Camil­lien-Houde Way, a pop­u­lar spot for cy­clists on Mont-Royal in Mon­treal, Que.

Ouimet was on the de­scent be­tween the Camil­lien-Houde look­out and Côte-Ste-Cather­ine when a 59-year-old driver from Cal­i­for­nia, trav­el­ing in the same di­rec­tion in front of Ouimet, ex­e­cuted an il­le­gal U-turn in front of the rider, who was thrown heav­ily onto the ground. Ouimet was rushed to the hos­pi­tal, where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries later that even­ing.

A silent me­mo­rial ride on Oct. 6 at the site of the ac­ci­dent saw 300 rid­ers climb Camil­lien-Houde in si­lence. “I didn’t know Clé­ment per­son­ally,” ride or­ga­nizer Marc-An­toine Des­jardins told Pedal.

“But I feel as if I just lost a younger brother.”

Ouimet was a ju­nior racer and a “ris­ing star” rid­ing for the PACK and Espoirs Élite Primeau cy­cling club in Laval, in­clud­ing rac­ing in the Tour de L’Abitibi. Ouimet had al­ready dis­tin­guished him­self with a 58th place in Red Hook Cri­terium Brook­lyn No.10 and a fifth place in the IBike Crit.

In late Oc­to­ber, Ouimet was hon­oured with a ghost-bike me­mo­rial cer­e­mony as friends, fam­ily and fel­low cy­clists gath­ered on Mont-Royal at the scene of the fa­tal ac­ci­dent that took the young cy­clist’s life on Oct. 4. The bike frame used in the me­mo­rial be­longed to Ouimet and his fa­ther donned his son’s rac­ing bib at the cer­e­mony.

The lat­est news is that no charges of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence will be laid in the death of the young cy­clist.

“His [Ouimet’s] death and the con­tro­versy it sparked over the safety of cy­clists in Mon­treal led to in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures on the thor­ough­fare where he died, in­clud­ing im­proved sig­nage for mo­torists and the ex­ten­sion of a con­crete me­dian,” said a po­lice spokesper­son.

Camil­lien-Houde is part of the Grand Prix

Cy­cliste de Mon­tréal WorldTour course and is also a pop­u­lar train­ing route for lo­cal rid­ers. Safety mea­sures for Camil­lien-Houde be­came a cam­paign is­sue in Mon­treal’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in late 2017. – JS

Clé­ment Ouimet, a ris­ing Ju­nior racer in Que­bec, was struck by a car and killed.

Me­mo­rial ride hon­our­ing Clé­ment Ouimet fol­low­ing his tragic death.

Ghost Bike Cer­e­mony on Mont-Royal to hon­our Clé­ment Ouimet

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