Credits: MARTIN ALARIE/L'ÉCHO DE LAVAL/QMI AGENCY
MONTREAL –- A provincial police officer died Saturday after a driver struck him during a routine radar operation on a highway about 30 km north of Montreal.
Donovan Lagrange, 33, is the second provincial police officer to die on the job in less than two weeks.
Katia Hadouchi, 23, lost control of her cruiser and hit a tree Wednesday, Sept. 6, on a road about 80 km north of Montreal. She died overnight in hospital.
Lagrange had been on the force for nine years.
He pulled over two vehicles for speeding at 2:20 on Saturday afternoon. A third driver struck him when he was walking back to his patrol car with the licenses of the two drivers he had pulled over.
Provincial police spokesman Benoit Richard said Lagrange was hit so hard his body was thrown several metres. He died in a Montreal trauma centre.
The driver suffered minor injuries and will be questioned by police, Richard said. He added that the driver “seemed to have hit the brakes suddenly and turned the wheels towards the right.”
New Quebec driving legislation, referred to as the “move-over law,” requires highway motorists to slow down and to leave one full lane between them and a parked police vehicle. Richard told QMI Agency that investigators will determine if the driver who hit Lagrange respected the new regulation.