MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police have taken over an investigation from Montreal police after a man crashed his car in Outremont.
The incident took place near St. Joseph Boulevard and Nelson Avenue at around 8:30 a.m.
The man was reportedly driving erratically.
He hit a parked car near Nelson Avenue and then swerved across the street, crashing directly into the side of a parked car.
Carol Ann Massy, who lives in the area, can’t believe something like this happened in her neighbourhood.
“It’s normal to hear a police car, an ambulance, sirens but not to that extent,” she said.
“It’s very rare.”
The male driver died on the scene after his silver Sedan collided with the parked car.
Investigators say they started receiving 911 calls about the driver.
He also sped by a Montreal police officer on nearby Cote-Sainte-Catherine street.
“The police officer tried to intercept the vehicle,” said Ronald McInnis, a spokesperson for the SQ.
“But the police officer lost the vehicle a few minutes after.”
No one was injured in the high speed crash, but McInnis says other parked cars may have also been hit.
“We know we’ve got some more accidents on the territory,” he said.
Montreal police have confirmed that the case has been transferred to Quebec provincial police “at the request of the Ministry of Public Security for transparency reasons.”
It’s not known why the driver was speeding or whether he’s known to police.
Investigators are trying to recreate the scene to determine how the driver ended up crashing his vehicle and to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a factor.
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