A CORONER in the East Canadian province of Quebec has said he wants to raise awareness of the possible dangers of ‘car-pooling’ after examining the circumstances of a young woman who died in October 2016.
Ottawa doctoral student Torres Davila (30) was killed after the Amigo-Express car-sharing vehicle she was riding in was hit by a minivan on Highway 40, west of Montreal.
The young woman had been using the car-pooling service to get home for Thanksgiving but coroner Dr Jean Brochu said:
In spite of what they write on their websites, firms express wishful thinking when they say that their cars will be in good condition and that the driver will be competent.
Dr Brochu’s report highlighted the poor mechanical condition of the vehicle which had worn brakes and threadbare tyres.
A spokesman for Amigo Express said: “We are in favour of stricter rules governing car-pool vehicles on the road and we would welcome the possibility of imposing a regime of periodic mechanical inspection.”