June 11, 2018 4:09 pm

Trial underway for Quebec provincial police officer in 2014 death of young boy

Patrick Ouellet is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas Thorne-Belance in February 2014.

Denis Beaumont / The Canadian Press
A A

A trial began Monday for a Quebec provincial police officer in the death of a young boy more than four years ago.

Patrick Ouellet is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing the death of Nicholas Thorne-Belance in February 2014.

READ MORE: Quebec judge refuses cop’s request to dismiss charge in death of 5-year-old boy

Story continues below

The five-year-old boy was a passenger in his father’s car when it was struck by an unmarked police cruiser driven by Ouellet.

A crime scene technician was the first witness to take the stand.

READ MORE: Quebec officer formally charged with dangerous driving in death of boy

Ouellet’s car was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the young boy in the Longueuil borough of Saint-Hubert, south of Montreal.

He was carrying out surveillance when the crash occurred.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

Report an error

Comments

Comments closed.

Due to the sensitive and/or legal subject matter of some of the content on globalnews.ca, we reserve the ability to disable comments from time to time.

Please see our Commenting Policy for more.