Two teens dead after crash on dangerous Quebec road
Police are investigating if speed caused a crash that killed two teenagers on a hilly road in Chelsea Friday night.
MRC des Collines spokesperson Martin Fournel said 18-year-old Nicholas Guenette of Chelsea lost control of his Chevrolet Cavalier on chemin Notch and swerved into oncoming traffic around 8:45 p.m. Friday.
His car was hit by a Ford pickup truck, killing him and passenger Marc-Etienne Fortin, a 17-year-old resident of La Pêche.
Fortin was wearing a seatbelt but Guenette was not, he said.
"He gave me a kiss on the cheek and said ‘I love you mom' and ‘I said I love you too' and that was the last time I ever saw him," said Marc-Etienne's mother Celine La Violette.
Fournel said the pair had just left home for a party in Gatineau before the accident, but alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.
Residents said they often see cars speeding along that stretch of road.
"The speed limit is posted at 70 kilometres an hour, but as my mother used to say this is one of the few straight roads in the Gatineau," said Chelsea resident Meriel Bradford. "When people get on it they feel they can go very fast."
Bradford said she has fought to have radar detectors and speed warnings posted on that stretch.
The 48-year-old woman driving the truck suffered only minor injuries and wasn't taken to hospital.
Police said they won't be laying any charges as there's next to nothing the truck driver could have done to avoid the crash.
Chemin Notch was closed until around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Stefan Keyes