February 20, 2015 (Drummondville, QC) – The driver who fatally struck Pierrik Houle in 2012 in a hit-and-run incident has been found guilty. Houle, 19, was found alongside rue Principale (main street) in the village of Sainte-Perpétue on Dec. 21, 2012. His older brother is Canadian pro rider Hugo Houle (AG2R).
Last week, judge Erick Vanchestein at a court case in Drummondville, ruled that Guy Richard, 43, was guilty for having caused the death of Houle and then fleeing the scene. The judge told the accused he demonstrated “voluntary blindness” after he must have known he had hit someone. Houle was wearing reflective bands while out jogging and there was damage to Richard’s vehicle.
Richard was nonetheless acquitted of charges of driving under the influence and will be back in court on May 5 for pre-sentencing and now risks life in prison.
As reported, Hugo Houle, 24, finished 61st last month at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. In 2012, he won the U23 Canadian ITT championship.
Pedal hopes that this conviction will help the Houle family’s healing process.
Read more on Radio Canada here (French).
Read more in Journal Express here (French).
Read Pedal’s 2013 report of the incident here.