Tragic Death of Clément Ouimet
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