LONGUEUIL, Que. – Shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, police in Longueuil received a 911 call from a man saying he had hit a pedestrian.
The accident happened near the corners of Cousineau and Moise-Vincent boulevards in St-Hubert. The driver of the car told police that he only saw the youth at the last minute and was unable to avoid hitting him.
The victim, a 16-year-old man, was on his skateboard traveling in the opposite direction of traffic when he was struck.
Police say that the force of the impact sent the young man flying through the air where he hit a lamp post a few metres away.
The teen was conscious when police arrived on the scene and was promptly transported to hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition.
The accident happened in a zone with a 70 kilometers per hour speed limit and alcohol has been ruled out as a possible cause for the mishap.
Collision experts are on the scene, but preliminary results indicate that poor lighting may have been a contributing factor in the accident.
Cousineau Boulevard towards Highway 30 remains closed to traffic. Drivers are being urged to use Chemin Chambly as an alternative route.
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