‘I screamed and screamed:’ Montreal mom speaks for first time since daughter’s dying | Globalnews.ca

2021-07-13 02:00:08

Warning: This story accommodates particulars some readers could discover disturbing.

Rosemary Victor hasn’t been again to her household residence or the tree-lined avenue it sits on after her 15-year-old daughter’s life was taken in a collision when she was on her method to college.

“I don’t wish to return to the place I used to be dwelling,” she stated. “I can’t go right into a home the place my baby isn’t any extra.”

Anjelica John died in hospital after she was struck by a driver in Montreal’s Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough final month. The younger teenager was ready for her college bus on Lalande Boulevard when a automobile careened right into a pole, earlier than hitting her and veering into one other automobile.

Montreal police say the investigation into the deadly crash stays ongoing. On the time, police stated they believed the driving force, a person in his 50s, misplaced management behind the wheel.

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Earlier than she left the home the morning of June 17 for the final time, John had breakfast and prayed alongside her mom. Lower than a minute after her daughter bid goodbye and headed exterior, Victor described listening to an enormous sound that instantly drew her consideration.

Victor ran out, her dad rapidly following her, to seek out wafts of mud and vehicles scattered throughout the highway. She instantly went to help who she thought might be a driver or passenger injured on the grass.

“I didn’t wish to consider my eyes, what I used to be seeing — that was my baby,” she stated. “I screamed and screamed. I attempted my greatest to carry her again.”

Neighbours rapidly poured exterior and referred to as emergency companies. Victor tried to take her solely baby into her arms when she realized the extent of her accidents, starting from her head to her legs.

“She was damaged and he or she was bleeding,” Victor stated.

Anjelica John, 15, was measured past her age, her mom stated.

Courtesy of Patrick Victor

John responded briefly to her voice, she stated, earlier than she misplaced consciousness. She wasn’t respiration, however her heartbeat was nonetheless there. Her mom was scared to carry her in concern of injuring her.

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A passenger went to get Victor’s husband, who was sleeping after working the evening shift. A fireplace truck arrived on the scene and first responders instantly tended to John.

“All the pieces occurred in 5 to 10 minutes and he or she was instantly taken to hospital,” Victor stated. “Later, I discovered her sneakers throughout the road.”

The dying of John was confirmed on the hospital, however Victor stated she had prayed for a miracle. Her daughter appeared like a distinct individual from the trauma of the crash and he or she held her hand in her final moments.

“We had been all near her,” she stated.

The 15-year-old woman was the couple’s solely baby. They had been shut as a household, dwelling what Victor described as a “blissful and quiet life” up till their daughter was taken from them.

John was not solely a great individual and pupil, she was additionally measured for her age. She helped round the home and did laundry for her mom since she was working nights. She was dedicated to her religion and by no means missed church.

“Similar to that in sooner or later, all the pieces modified,” Victor stated. “And right here we’re feeling very empty with out her.”

Outpouring of help

The dying of John has prompted requires traffic-calming measures within the space within the West Island by neighbours and anxious residents. Victor needs to see extra safety for pedestrians like velocity bumps and decreased velocity limits on Lalande Boulevard, which she consider must also be was a one-way avenue as a result of it’s slim.

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“Many instances I assumed it was very harmful for the kids,” she stated. “However it actually occurred sooner or later and it was my baby.”

Officers are taking motion, she added, and he or she believes one thing will likely be carried out quickly to safe the road.

“I feel one thing ought to instantly be carried out,” she stated.

The investigation continues to be ongoing, although Victor defined that she is not going to be studying the police report. These particulars will harm her extra, if she has to think about how her daughter spent these moments. Additionally they pray for peace for the driving force who was behind the wheel.

A backyard on Lalande Boulevard in reminiscence of Anjelica John.

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The final month has been very powerful for Victor and her husband. However the lack of their daughter additionally led to outpouring of help from their church and the neighborhood. The parcels of meals have saved the grieving household from having to cook dinner for the previous month. Calls have additionally got here in from strangers within the days and weeks that adopted.

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“I feel no less than 150 folks got here to see us,” she stated.

A makeshift backyard with a decorative angel has been arrange on the website the place John was struck on Lalande Boulevard. It has been too painful for Victor to return to the road, however her husband caught a glimpse of a younger boy carrying a heavy can to water the flowers laid in her honour.

“He had tears wanting on the scene,” she stated.

They hope their daughter’s title will dwell on. Victor stated she needs to assist different kids in want in any approach, whether or not they’re sick or hungry.

“I wish to be there for kids,” she stated.

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