by Arshia Alexander
CALGARY- Calgary police announced that charges have been laid due to a three-car crash hit and run that killed a seven-year-old and her father. The crash happened on Wednesday 27th, just before 5:30 p.m.
Police report that a three-quarter-ton pickup truck was travelling north on Mcleod Trail South East when it read-ended a sedan travelling in the same direction. As a result of the impact, the sedan landed on the southbound lane where it was hit by a half-ton truck and came to a full stop at the shoulder of the south lane.
Firefighters managed to pull out the people in the sedan, but a 37-year-old and his 7-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. An 11-year-old girl who later was identified as the second daughter of the victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. She was later released.
The deceased have been identified as Pierre Mulamba and his daughter, Nielle Tshamwena.
The driver of the half-ton truck was not injured.
The three-quarter-ton pickup truck driver, a man in his 50s, attempted to flee the scene on foot but was arrested shortly, not far from the scene. Police announced on Thursday, Yannik Joseph Bouchard, 51, had been charged with failure/refusal to comply with demand after an accident resulting in death, two counts of dangerous operation causing death, one count of dangerous operation causing bodily harm, two counts of hit and run causing death.
Police are investigating the driver’s impairment at the time of the incident.
Tracy Cole, who witnessed the crash, says that she was almost hit by the truck.
“He pulled past me on the right side, then swerved into the lane in front of me, and he just kept going and hit the rear in the car that was directly in front of me. All I could see was debris going everywhere, car parts, dust and smoke swerving into the road.” Cole said.
Cole say that she was driving in the same direction at 80 km/h when the accident happened.
“He passed me as if I was stopped, I couldn’t believe there was no brake lights and he just plowed into the vehicle in front of me, it happened so fast and was honestly so terrifying,” she said.
Investigators are calling on anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have dash camera footage of the vehicles leading up to the collision to contact police.