Constable Donovan Lagrange Sûreté du Québec Québec
End of Watch: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 11765
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Constable Donovan Lagrange succumbed to injuries sustained
the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on Highway
640, near Bois-de-Filion, at approximately 2:00 pm.
He had pulled over two vehicles for speeding and was walking
back to his patrol car, which was parked in front of the vehicles,
when he was struck. A four vehicle struck both of the cars he had
pulled over and then struck him, throwing him approximately 30
Constable Lagrange had served with the Sûreté du Québec for
nine years. He is survived by his wife.
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MONTREAL – A 33-year-old Sûreté du Québec officer died early Sunday morning after being hit by a passing car while he conducted a speed radar operation north of Montreal.
Donovan Lagrange was the second SQ officer to die on the job in Quebec in less than two weeks.
Katia Hadouchi, 23, died Sept. 27 after a single-vehicle high-speed crash near Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare, northeast of Montreal. Hadouchi, who was in her second year on the police force, died while responding to a report of domestic violence.
Lagrange worked at the SQ’s highway division, and had been a police officer for nine years, said SQ Sgt. Catherine Coulombe.
“This is a difficult time for us,” Coulombe said Sunday. “For police officers, we’re a very close family, and this is like losing a member of the family.”
Lagrange had gotten out of his vehicle at the side of Highway 640 near Bois-de-Filion when he was struck by a car around 2 p.m. Saturday.
“He was sent flying,”said SQ Sgt. Benôit Richard.
Two other vehicles were stopped behind the officer, although Richard couldn’t say whether the officer had pulled them over to give them tickets.
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital and treated for shock, Coulombe said.
The SQ is in contact with Lagrange’s family, but Coulombe said she did not know when a funeral would be held.
In August, a “Move Over” law came into effect in Quebec. It requires motorists to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and Transport Quebec vehicles stopped on highways. If they can’t move over, drivers are supposed to slow down and put as much distance as possible between themselves and the stopped vehicle. People who break the law could face fines of $200 to $300 and the loss of three demerit points.
Coulombe said it was too early to say whether the Move Over law would apply in this case.
“It is an element in the investigation, but it’s too soon to determine exactly what happened,” she said.
The government says four SQ officers have been killed by passing cars since 2008, and 214 SQ vehicles stopped on the province’s highways were hit by other vehicles.
Eight Canadian provinces and 49 U.S. states have similar laws in place.