Family near Wakefield, Quebec recovering from car crash injuries


by Mark Burgess on September 9, 2010

The driver of one car in the Hwy 105 crash that saw an elderly Gracefield couple killed Aug. 30 is out of intensive care, and his pregnant fiancee and baby son are also recovering from their injuries.

Lucien Pilon, 34, of Masham, Quebec broke most bones in his legs and punctured his lungs with his ribs when his Chevrolet Equinox SUV was hit head-on by a Toyota Camry. The Camry’s two occupants – Gaston Lavoie, 83, and Jeannine Blondin-Galipeau, 70, of Gracefield – died in the Venosta crash.

“He’s back, but he’s very weak,” Cheryl Pilon, Lucien’s mother, said of her son’s condition. Pilon, who operates a Masham grocery store with her husband, said doctors think it will be almost a year before her son gets back to his normal life. He remains in the Hull hospital.

Lucien Pilon’s 28-year-old fiancée, Marilyn Rivet, is in the Gatineau hospital’s maternity ward with broken feet. She’s more than seven months pregnant but Cheryl Pilon said her unborn son, Tristan, is fine. Two-year-old William Pilon is home from CHEO after suffering a broken left femur.

“You couldn’t ask for any better people at any of these hospitals,” Cheryl Pilon said.

The accident occurred mid-afternoon on Aug. 30 when Lavoie, who was driving the Camry, swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with the Pilon SUV, Sgt. Steve Lalande of the Surete du Quebec told the Low Down.

“Unfortunately, we can’t come up with an exact reason why the Camry ended up in the opposing lane,” Lalande said.

Responding to a comment reported from a crash onlooker reported in a Gatineau daily, Cheryl Pilon denied that her son was eating at the time of the accident, saying that the regurgitated food on the dashboard was the result of his absorbing the blow from the steering wheel in the chest.

Pilon is grateful to those in the community who have stopped at the Masham store to offer their support to the family.