• James Armstrong

Second court appearance for alleged hit and run driver in l’Île-Perrot


IMAGE COURTESY SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC

A still frame image captured from security camera footage shows the moment just before the pedestrian was struck January 29 in Île-Perrot while crossing 25th Avenue.

Former Ville de l’Île-Perrot firefighter Éric Flynn appeared briefly before Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud in the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield courthouse on Monday, April 15. Flynn was charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident earlier this year.

The accident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29 at the intersection of 25th Avenue and Boulevard Perrot.

According to Sûreté du Québec (SQ) reports, an SUV travelling eastward on Boulevard Perrot hit a male pedestrian causing him to be thrown several metres. The driver of the vehicle didn’t stop but continued southbound along 25th Avenue. The victim reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The incident was caught on the video surveillance camera of a nearby business and the SQ issued a call through local media asking the public to help find the driver of the vehicle.

The video quickly went viral with almost 70,000 views on Facebook and was shared over 1,000 times.

FILE PHOTO BY CLAUDE ROBILLARD

Île-Perrot fire department member Éric Flynn will be back in court June 17 to face charges for the alleged hit-and-run incident.

Thanks to tips from the public, police arrested the 49-year-old l’Île-Perrot resident who initially appeared in court February 6 where he was formally charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident and criminal negligence.

At the time of the event, Flynn was on leave from his post for personal reasons as a spokesperson for the town, Alexandra Desrocher, confirmed to The Journal on Monday, April 15 that Flynn’s employment situation remained the same.

During Flynn’s second court appearance, the judge approved the defense council’s request to move the hearing date to June 17.

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