Nunavik police officers cleared in 2018 collision

Early morning crash injured three ATV passengers

Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has concluded that two KRPF officers will not face criminal charges related to a 2018 vehicle crash in Kuujjuaq. (Photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Sarah Rogers

Quebec’s Crown prosecutor’s office says it won’t lay charges against Nunavik police officers who were involved in an April 2018 vehicle collision that injured three.

Early on April 25, 2018, two Kativik Regional Police officers were patrolling the community of Kuujjuaq when a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle collided with their vehicle.

A report from the Crown’s office said the police vehicle was approaching a curve along Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Road that morning at around 1 a.m. when the officers noted the ATV coming towards them at high speed.

The driver swerved to the right to avoid the ATV, but the two vehicles collided, knocking the ATV’s driver and passengers to the ground.

The three minors on the ATV at the time were all injured in the crash—one of whom was seriously hurt and medevaced to a Montreal hospital.

Initial reports at the time of the collision alleged the driver of the ATV had been intoxicated.

The investigation into the collision was turned over to Quebec’s independent investigation agency, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, as in all cases when civilians are injured in an altercation that involves police.

The BEI issued its report on the incident earlier this year, but because one of the individuals implicated in the collision faced charges that were still before the court at the time, the agency withheld details of the event.

In a July 19 release, Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions confirmed that neither officer would face criminal charges related to the 2018 event.

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(15) Comments:

  1. Posted by inuk from nunavik on

    KRPF is going nuts. They should be replace by Surete Quebec since they are still in the community of Kuujjuaq. KRPF are mainly just trainees that come up North and still training on the job.

    • Posted by Observer on

      Why are you blaming the KRPF? The quad hit *them*.

  2. Posted by Nunavimmiuq on

    yeah, why blame KRPF Officers?

    First of all, the young under age driver with young people on it are Parent’s responsibilities, there is a age limit to drive such automobile vehicles, even ATV’s!

    wake up Parents! your kids are going wild with ATV’s, especially during summer season, we see a lot of under age drivers with many or few passengers!

  3. Posted by Brain damaged on

    Good news for KRPF. Kuujjuaq has so many dangerous drivers, ATVs, and cars and trucks alike. Intoxicating kids, adults. I’m suggesting that KI, get together with kRG, Health board, Makivik and do an education campaign. Please teach people how to drive. Please teach people more about drinking and driving. Teach parents about proper children raring. KRPF, should set up road blocks, and stop those reckless, kids and adults. Take away their vehicles, until they learn how to drive properly. Just again a few nights ago, the challenger plane transported another to the Montreal general, with head injury, from intoxicating behaviour on ATV. Keep this up, and we’ll have the most brain damaged people in the country, or the death continues. Municipal should be awaken out of their slumber also.

  4. Posted by ilai, suvitaa? yeah, what’s wrong with us these days, irresponsible Parent(s) on

    It is our time to correct our child(ren), we are not teaching enough about traffic bylaws these days, do we even read owner’s manual on vehicle(s) ATV’s?

    What age limit are on vehicle(s) ATV’s, Qanuq angajurqaangulirqita? How are we the boss to our child(ren)? Are they suppose to take over everything nowadays?! the always shun down their Parent(s) nowadays! Did a child even bought your ATV? or vehicle? whose paying your vehicle Mother/Father, sulirqitaa?! What are we doing?!

    No wonder, our Officers are becoming over worked, tired chasing your child, or dealing with family conjugal violence, your kids are learning from your wild behaviors, maybe, they don’t want to listen to you anymore? from too much yelling, no wonder we are losing the children from violence at home! stop blaming Social workers, look at yourselves!

    There are many street born children in poverty! Lost respect, this is way gone wrong since Alcohol took over the parents!

    • Posted by No common sense on

      Your overall point is made clearly, but some of its content concerns me. This is an issue about common sense among common normal citizens, and it’s lacking. It’s not really about reading the manual, good young drivers down south probably don’t read vehicle manuals either, although I think , if someone was to read a manual all the better. This is about the lack of common sense, that we see reckless, intoxicating, underage drivers in a society like we are seeing on our roads especially in kuujjuaq. One point I really agree with you on! Is the yelling to children, even our daycare centres and schools need this addressed. How abusive. What are going to become of our children, when they lack the most vital common knowledge in life. Just look the next time you see a speeding reckless underage driver on a motorbike, look at his face and posture, and witness the unawareness to life.

      • Posted by ilai, suvitaa? yeah, what’s wrong with us these days, irresponsible Parent(s) on

        I agree with you on reckless motorized vehicle(s) are driven by mad youth, maybe that, mad youth was upset or learning bad environment behavior at home, and, passes on to the community, bringing their anger out from home, throwing their pain?!

        he/she does not care anymore getting hurt soon, so much anguish inside of them building up, and, then explodes out, aatsuuraalulli sulirtualuiikiaq inuusuttualuiit

  5. Posted by Get tougher on

    In this case, KRPF are rightfully cleared of any wrong doing, but, the police have to be more vigilant in their approach to dealing with the drivers of kuujjuaq. It’s not a very big city, it’s a small enough community, where it’s not rocket science to stop these culprits from going around. KRG, and the municipal need to meet and plan to stop this now. Until then, it’s interesting to track the predictable outcomes in the near future. Just watch, for the ambulance, the challenger jet.

    • Posted by In st jerome on

      I don’t have the statistics, but I do know at any given time in kuujjuaq, the number of dui is staggering high. The number of third of fourth times caught drinking and driving is incredible. St Jerome jail is full of offenders just for that reason. Police are doing more than in the past, because drunk driving is not new. Years ago there was little done, but more today by police. But still more needs to be done. The strategy needs to change, road blocks, stricter penalties, like taking away vehicles. We have school bus drivers, sewage truck drivers , water truck, all walks of life with dui, then suddenly you see them driving again, just waiting to be arrested for same old, same old. No learning.

      • Posted by Nunavimmiuq on

        St-Jerome jail is not the only jail receiving DUI offenders, as if it’s the only detention for Northerners, there are many DUI offenders all over the world, why comment when you’re not even from North!

        One day, the offenders will clear their senseless acts, there is a storm amongst everyone, if only alcohol was never brought to North, everyone would of been living healthy environment, our Elders are deeply hurt ever since alcohol was brought to North, there are so many elderly abused, grandchildren or their children depending from elders from their monthly income which they awaits, to buy food, pay their minimum house rent, phone bill and other bills.

        Everyone is extremely overwhelmed, no one should be blaming Police Social Workers all first responders are deeply exhausted from this senseless foul act, enough is enough!

        • Posted by See the problem? on

          First of all, from the north, I am. Been first responding for eons. Let’s not slide slip away from the real issue, by confusing st Jerome jails or Amos, or other jails in the province. St Jerome being a prime example of where we camp out when we go to the cage for dui, surely a good example. People from all over the world have their issues, so, that doesn’t excuse us here in the north, we are discussing our deplorable issue, second worst to none. Do you believe one day, this will all stop, you think a spirit is going to appear in the sky, up around the bend somewhere , with the answers? Really? Alcohol came north and people used it, or were forced to use it, what? In your comment, there’s our problem.

          • Posted by Nunavimmiuq on

            to see the problem, and to privilege;

            Because, I’ve seen this many times, people change too, when they finally decide to!

            I’m a victim too, I’ve seen worst, I was born & raised in alcoholic environment, from my parents to conjugal violence! But, I never passed it to my children, I moved on, but still help my late Parents, when they needed assistance.

            My late Father was deeply abused from so what Federal Day School!
            My Mother was a victim of abuse, the cycle was carried to many victims whom never went through treatment, counselling, you have no idea, you have not been in my foot prints either!

            And now, I can say, I’m a proud Parent that brought my girls went to high and college, and they have beautiful sons that are now on high school.

            Be so perfect then!

            No one understands how much of our elders were hurt at way beginning since southerners brought alcohol at first place, my late Grandparents were forced to drink alcohol by Americans when world war II came, and our air strip was American base before French people came to Kuujjuaq!

            • Posted by Forced on

              I’m concerned about the fact that you are saying that your grandparents were forced to drink alcohol. I’m doubting that very much. Force is very different from being offered. I’m very inclined to say that they were offered alcohol. You may have gone a long ways from the abuse you are taking about, it’s a choice you made. Your parents and grandparents made some bad choices, but I do salute you for making good ones, but be careful about blaming. As blaming is the reason most Inuit that are affected, stay into the illness.

  6. Posted by My little home town on

    I was born and raised in a little western town about 1800 people. Why is it that alcohol never drove us in our town to take money from our elders, to abuse our children, to drive drunk, and have accidents, exhausting health care, exhausting the justice system? Why? Why is it? Nunavimmiuq, you tell us why? Or at least tell us some truths.

  7. Posted by Privilege on

    Driving on a public road carries lots of responsibility. Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. It must be earned. That’s why there are laws. The laws are there to protect. One day, we will see a large law suit against one of the systems that are mandated to protect the public. Whether it will be against a bad driver that causes injury or death, whether it was be against a government agency, municipality, police service. These services are put in place using tax dollars to protect, but it’s questionable at this time. As our communities grow, with more traffic, there’s needs to be change is using the proper laws. Registration and insurance for vehicles, proper driving license, no more this territorial stamp. A proper license issue by qualified services. And get theses old junk, half bpcars and trucks off the roads. We see these half vehicles going around, garbage bag windows or no windows, no head lights, no bumpers.twke them off the road, and straight to the dump. We are way behind, let’s catch up.

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