Police officers in the city of Quebec in Canada are being investigated following an incident in which they are alleged to have run over a cyclist and then reversed over him, with the rider dying later in hospital.
Guy Blouin, aged 48, was riding the wrong way up a one-way street when he was hit by a police car on the corner of St-François East and Du Parvis streets at around 1pm on Wednesday, according to a CBC report.
According to eyewitnesses, the police car struck him, leaving him underneath the vehicle, then reversed over him. He died in later in the city’s l'Enfant Jésus hospital from his injuries.
One witness, Alexandre Beaulieu, told Radio Canada: “They ran over the guy, the guy ended up under the car. For an entire 15 seconds; he was under the tire in a foetal position.”
He said he saw the police vehicle run over the cyclist and officers get out of the car and see he was underneath, whereupon they got back in the car and ran him over.
Other witnesses are said to have corroborated his account, with one, who gave his name as Daniel, saying that the cyclist was “spitting blood” after the incident.
The Sûreté du Québec has been called in to investigate the incident, which involved the local Quebec City police department, who said they are co-operating with the investigation.
A vigil was held in the cyclist’s memory yesterday evening, with more than 200 people in attendance.
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