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Death of David Robert: alcohol, drugs and texting in question

voiture-conduisait-david-robert-avait(Sainte-Cecile-de-Milton) Alcohol, Drugs and cell phone while driving can be a dangerous cocktail. David Robert has learned the hard way by killing on Route 137 in Sainte-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec April 24, 2015.

The 28 year old man was addicted to alcohol and cannabis and it might have been in the process of texting while driving at the time of the accident. This is according to the coroner’s inquest.

The Gardangeois David Robert had lost control of his car before being hit by a truck carrying agricultural fertilizers. His Civic was split in two by the force of the impact and the jaws of life were needed to extricate the carcass of his vehicle.

Twenty minutes after impact, paramedics arrived at the scene were able to see that he was in cardiac arrest, but he could not be resuscitated.

Very high BAC

The coroner Krystyna Pecko led investigation following his death. It concludes that Robert died of severe multiple trauma.

There were traces of drugs and alcohol in his blood. Dr. Pecko wrote that Robert had left a bar around 3:30 am on April 24 to go to Saint-Cesaire. Relatives said there drinking alcohol during the evening of 23 April and early night of April 24. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

The reconstruction has determined that around 3:45 am, he sent two text messages to a friend. Twenty minutes later he veered off the road to be on the shoulder, in the footsteps in the gravel. The coroner believes he may have been trying to texting while driving.

In trying to get the car back on the road, it seems that he accentuated the loss of control to find themselves in a perpendicular position against the truck. There were no brake marks on the part of the victim.

The intoxication with alcohol and cannabis could also have contributed to his inattention and the slippage in addition to slow his reflexes. As for speed, it was not involved.

The truck driver had braked on him, but could not avoid the impact. It hit the victim’s vehicle while driving at 42 km / h Reveal edge data gathered by the investigators and the coroner.

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