After reportedly crashing a city bus into a daycare in Laval, Quebec, on Wednesday morning, a 51-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder and two children are dead. This tragedy has shocked people across the nation.
According to authorities in Laval, a city west of Montreal, six more children were sent to the hospital with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening and one adult was checked into the hospital with shock. Ages four and five correspond to the crash’s young victims.
Along with attempted murder, the defendant, Pierre Ny St-Amand, is accused of four counts of assault causing bodily harm, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of assault causing serious injury.
According to witnesses, the man emerged from the bus screaming incoherently, took off his clothes, and was overpowered by numerous onlookers before being apprehended by police with several children still stuck inside the bus.
According to Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer, Mr. St-Amand has worked for the Société de transport de Laval for roughly 10 years with no notable issues on his file. Police also claimed that he had no criminal history.
Erika Landry, a spokeswoman for the police department, said during a press conference that the accident’s causes and potential purpose are yet unknown. According to police, there were no passengers on board the bus when the incident occurred.
A funeral service for one of the two children who died after a bus struck a childcare center in Laval, Quebec, just north of Montreal, will be place on Thursday.
An online obituary named Jacob Gauthier, 4, and Ste-Rose-de-Lima church representatives verified the funeral is set for Thursday at 11 a.m.
The second young victim’s identity has not been made public.
The parish priest, Michel Bouchard, revealed to CTV Montreal that he christened Jacob roughly three years ago and will now officiate at his funeral.
Several hundred people showed up for a special liturgy held today at the church in memory of the victims, the injured, their loved ones, and the entire childcare staff.
Driver for the Laval transport corporation Pierre Ny St-Amand, 51, was detained at the scene and eventually charged with two counts of first-degree murder as well as seven other offenses, including aggravated assault and attempted murder.