Tears in his eyes in his hospital bed, a 19-year-old who was seriously injured by a driver at the end of June, in Montreal, hopes for only one thing: to be able to walk again one day, while a long rehabilitation awaits him.
“I could have been dead, still struggling to realize Dany Bolduc, met at the Montreal General Hospital. I replay the scene in my head several times a day to be sure not to forget any detail when I tell my version of the facts to the police.
For the young man, who suffers numerous fractures in the hip and pelvis and who displays scratches in several places on the body, it is obvious that it was not an accident.
The violent collision occurred on June 29, shortly after 10 p.m., on 75th Avenue, in the borough of LaSalle. He had just spent the day painting his new apartment in Châteauguay and had gone to get a meal at McDonald's.
“I never heard it happen. I had just closed the door and I walked. Then all of a sudden, I'm flying again. Afterwards, I am below his tank. That's when he starts to back up and crushes my leg, ”says the young sports fan, including hockey and skateboarding.
Although several days have passed since the events, it was still possible to find traces of the violence of the impact, such as several pieces of debris on the ground, during the passage of the Journal, yesterday.
And the photos of the tragic evening also testify to this. In addition to seriously injuring Dany Bolduc, the driver hit the victim's car and three parked vehicles were damaged at the same time during the impact.
“It is clear that he had to drive really fast, but in addition, he was not even in his lane, everything happened in the opposite direction”, underlines Moundher El Amraoui, the brother-in-law of the victim, who came running when he heard the sound of crumpling sheet metal.
"At first, I didn't even recognize Dany, he was so full of blood," he adds.
An ice conductor
What shocks the injured youngster even more is that the driver never showed empathy or apologized. He even took the time to park after running over her instead of helping her.
“I still remember his face, he leaned in front of me. He said: “my brakes”, while taking the head. He did not even try to help me or ask if I was correct, deplores Dany Bolduc. It was his fault, it was dangerous driving, even if it was not his intention to hurt me.
He was eventually taken by ambulance to hospital, where he underwent a seven-hour operation. In particular, metal screws had to be placed in different places in his body to stabilize the various fractures.
According to his relatives, the doctors are confident for the future, but the rehabilitation could take up to two years before a return to normal.
"I want to walk... I want to walk again," he breathes, his voice hoarse with tears, but grateful for the work of the hospital staff.
The family wants answers
Dany Bolduc and his family now want answers to understand the circumstances of the collision and that a proper investigation be conducted so that “the truth comes out”.
“On the side of the Montreal police, what we are told is that it is considered an accident. But for us, it's just incomprehensible, they can't just trust what [the driver] said, ”drops her mother, Denise Bolduc.
“Was he texting? Did he drink? How fast was he driving? It takes the facts from us so that we can move on. His life is changed forever,” said his father, Richard Bellefeuille.
The Montreal Police Department said yesterday that the investigation was still ongoing.