STL bus drivers oust their union executive

Laval police beat: Fatal car accident, home invasion

By Robert Frank

Police were called to quell an angry crowd of Société de transport de Laval (STL) bus drivers, Sept. 11, after they voted out the entire executive committee of their union.

“They went to STL offices later that night at around 9-10 p.m. to get some papers,” recounted Laval Police Const. Nathalie Lorrain. “They had just been voted into office and the STL administration wanted first to make sure that their election had been legitimate before allowing people to enter the premises.”

“There was a bit of shouting but no pushing or shoving and no property was damaged,” she continued. “Police only mediated between the two sides in order to prevent the incident from escalating, and everyone ultimately agreed to go home peacefully.”

Bus drivers’ union president Richard Ouimet reportedly intends to challenge the legitimacy of the ouster.

Young woman killed in crash

An unidentified 21-year-old woman driving a Hyundai Accent perished after losing control of her vehicle, Sept. 8, and careening into two cars heading in the opposite direction.

“Witnesses first saw her driving faster than 120 km/h on Highway 440, which turns into des Bois,” Const. Lorrain told The Suburban. “They said that she was driving erratically, veering out of her lane.”

“Once she was on des Bois, she swerved out of control and struck an oncoming BMW, then collided with an oncoming Jeep Wrangler. Her car ended up in the ditch on the side of the road,” Const. Lorrain said. “When police first arrived, she was unconscious with no breathing or pulse. Patrol officers tried to resuscitate her, but an Urgences santé doctor subsequently declared her dead at the scene.”

The drivers of the other vehicles were transported to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Police dog nabs home invaders 

Two men tried to enter a home on Ste. Rose Blvd., Sept. 6, by knocking at the door and pretending to suffer from stomach cramps.

“When the victim opened the door, they pushed inside,” said Const. Lorrain. “He fought back, but one of the home invaders hit him on the head with what we now know to be a pellet gun.”

“He kept resisting, and the perpetrators fled,” she continued. “A Laval police dog and handler succeeded in tracking down the suspects and the gun. The pair have been charged with breaking and entering, assault with a simulated weapon and violations of parole conditions.”

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