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Death following collision in Saint-Stan ruled accidental

A coroner’s report issued on August 30, concerning the death of Gisèle Pépin on May 24 following a collision with a tractor-trailer in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, ruled that the 86-year-old woman’s death was accidental.

Pépin, a resident of Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, was turning onto Route 132 from Rue Brosseau when a tractor-trailer struck the driver’s side of the vehicle she was driving after it failed to stop at a red light. Pépin was transported to the Suroît Hospital in Chateauguay before being transferred to the Montreal General Hospital where she died from her injuries.

According to the Journal Saint-François, the report filed by coroner Donald Nicole reports that “At the time of the event, traffic density was low, it was daytime, the weather was clear, visibility was good, and the pavement was dry.” A mechanical inspection of the tractor-trailer revealed no defects or excessive wear that could have contributed to the accident.

The report notes the driver of the heavy vehicle involved in the accident stated he had not seen that the traffic light was red.

Nicole concludes the report by stating Pépin’s death was accidental. (SR)

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