Car Accident results in charges

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Charges were laid this weekin connection with a car accident in Kanesatake that left a local man and his passenger badly injured.

Phillip Nicholas was charged in the municipal court of St. Jerome on Wednesday, with driving while prohibited and committing an accident resulting in bodily harm. He appeared in front of the court via video conference, the current method adjusted due to the pandemic.

On Thursday night, November 5, Nicholas lost control of his vehicle before crashing into a Hydro Quebec pole near Ste. Germaine and Route 344 which resulted in a power outage.

Emergency Response Unit (ERU) spokesperson Robert Bonspiel said that the magnitude of the interruption of services was rare and unexpected, affecting most of Kanesatake and the municipality of Oka until Friday afternoon.

When the ERU Access Control Team (ACT) arrived on-site around 8:30 p.m., they found an injured woman inside the car, with Nicholas nowhere to be seen. It was unclear whether or not he left the car behind and tried to flee the scene.

The Surete du Quebec (SQ), who were also called on the scene, confirmed that in the time that the 38-year-old woman was taken to the Sacre-Coeur Hospital, they were able to locate Nicholas, in the nearest ditch. The driver, 37, was also taken to the hospital. Both passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The SQ officially arrested Nicholas the next day, on November 6. According to SQ spokesperson Marc Tessier, an investigation is still ongoing and Nicholas could be facing further charges of impaired driving.

“Toxicological analysis will be carried out to determine the suspect’s blood-alcohol level,” said Tessier. Bonspiel said that members of the ACT came back on-site the next morning to clean up the damages caused by the accident.

This kind of accident underlines the need for people to slow down, said Bonspiel, and take more precaution when driving around the community.

The ACT was set up earlier this year as a measure to limit traveling across the territory and counter the risk of spreading COVID-19 by drivers coming in and out.

Nicholas is currently detained while awaiting his hearing sentence set on November 17.

Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door