Senior gravely injured at deadly intersection

Flagged for photo radar

By Robert Frank

Yet another car crash at the corner of St. Martin and des Laurentides endangered the life of an 87-year-old woman, July 12.

She suffered multiple fractures at the intersection where, as reported in The Suburban last week, photo radar will soon be monitoring traffic. She was transported by Urgences santé to the Sacré Cœur Hospital primary trauma care centre for treatment.

“Witnesses said that the driver of the car she was in turned onto St. Martin Blvd. on a red light and was struck by a minivan travelling north on des Laurentides,” Sgt. Frédéric Jean told The Suburban. “The lady is still awaiting tests to confirm that her life is out of danger.”

The minivan struck the front right of the car, where the elderly woman was seated.

It was the 160th right-angle accident in five years at the four most dangerous intersections in Laval. Police investigators closed the accident scene to traffic for several hours after the collision, awaiting word as to whether the woman’s would survive.

“This was exactly what we will be trying to avoid by introducing photo radar,” Sgt. Jean explained.

Laval gave its official approval to the photo radar proposal at its city council meeting, July 8.

Laval police hope that tests and preparation for the intersections involved in the pilot project will begin by the end of the fall, with the photo radar entering operation by late 2013 or early 2014.

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