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3rd victim dies from injuries following pickup crash in Amqui, Que.

A third person has died after a pickup truck hit pedestrians in Amqui, Que., about 640 kilometres northeast of Montreal last week.

Simon-Guillaume Bourget, 41, died in hospital over weekend

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A third person has died after a man in a pickup truck drove into a group of pedestrians in Amqui, Que., last week.

Simon-Guillaume Bourget, 41, died of his injuries in hospital over the weekend, Quebec provincial police said Monday.

Gérald Charest, 65, and Jean Lafrenière, 73, were also killed and eight others were injured in the incident.

Bourget and Charest were both employees of the Bélanger Centre jardin, Paysagiste et Fleuriste, a family-owned gardening centre in Amqui.

Camille Bélanger, a manager at the business, said the death of two employees has been challenging.

Bélanger says Charest worked for the company for 25 years, mainly in construction.

"It was a shock because I am 25 years old, and I've known him since I was born. He watched me grow up. So there are so many emotions. There is disbelief … He became a friend, a member of the family after 25 years. He had a joie de vivre," said Bélanger.

"It's twice as difficult for our employees."

Although Bourget, who was originally from Gaspé, had only worked at the garden centre for a year, Bélanger says he was always in a good mood.

"He was the kind of person always open to learning new things and was very involved in the business, even if he hadn't worked here that long," she said.

Sylvie Blanchette, mayor of Amqui, wants to reach out to Bourget's family and friends, who are grieving.

"We didn't expect this at all. We didn't think Mr. Bourget's life was in danger, to that degree," said Blanchette.

Two patients admitted to the hospital after the crash are now stable and one patient is still in a critical state said Quebec City's Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval (CHUL), on Monday.

Steeve Gagnon, 38, turned himself into police following the incident after police say he drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in the community about 640 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Gagnon remains in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.


Rachel Watts

CBC journalist

Rachel Watts is a journalist with CBC News in Quebec City. Originally from Montreal, she enjoys covering stories in the province of Quebec.

with files from Erika Morris

Credit belongs to : www.cbc.ca

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