10:30 a.m., June 3)
Community rallies to support Viseneau accident victim
and her family
By Fred Sherwin
often said that you truly don't know how many friends
you have until a time of crisis. Amelie and Camille Chartrand
are finding that out firsthand as they deal with the aftermath
of an accident that sent Camille to the hospital in critical
condition last weekend.
18, was sitting in her Smart car in the family's driveway
on Viseneau Street last Sunday morning when out of the
blue, her vehicle was struck by another car at around
Photo provided by PatTeolis
and trapped in her car, firefighters had to extricate
Chartrand before she could be rushed off to the hospital.
23-year-old driver of the other vehicle was arrested at
the scene uninjured and was charged with impaired driving
causing bodily harm, driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol
per 100 ml of blood and dangerous operation of a motor
vehicle causing bodily harm.
was taken to the Civic Caampus of the Hospital where is
being treated for a severe head injury.
mother Amelie, has remained at her side through the entire
ordeal and posts regular updates on her Facebook page
to let friends and family know how Camille is doing.
accident couldn't have occurred at a worse time for the
mother and daughter. Amelie just started her own business
on April 30 and she was in the process of selling her
home, in fact, her agent closed the day after the accident.
Chartrand with her mother Amélie. Facebook
has put the business, Cre8tive Junktion, on hold until
her daughter is well enough to return home. The furniture
and craft store is located 110 Bearbrook Road in Blackburn
Hamlet in the space previously occupied by former Ottawa-Orleans
MPP Phil McNeely.
order to help Amelie keep up with the bills, a group of
friends organized an open house and silent auction at
the store on Saturday during the Blackburn Fun Fair. Lead
organizer and fellow entrepreneur Cheryl Wells said there
was a steady stream of people bidding on the various auction
items all day.
was a great day spurred on by horrific circumstances,
said Wells. It was the communitys way of letting
her know that her store is valued, she is valued, her
family is valued.
thanked the community on her Facebook page.
can't even express what this gesture means to me. I feel
like it was not anyone's responsibility to look out for
me. I feel like I didn't do anything to be deserving of
this. I feel like so many other causes and people could
use a helping hand...why us??? But for whatever reason
I was given this incredible community filled with generosity
and care....I am humbled. You are helping Camille have
her mom by her side and for that I will be forever grateful.
Chartrand....if you ever doubted if people liked you or
cated about you....just look around and feel the energy
of this community, the post read. Mommy has
been saving every single message and when you get home
we will make a scrapbook and call it....When A Community
accident happened on a street that is notorious for speeding.
Local residents have been trying to get the city to put
in traffic calming measures for more than two years.
traffic management was conducted in 1994 which resulted
in a number of recommendations including a number of intersection
narrowings and a series of concrete medians. Speed bumps
were not presented as an option due to the fact that Viseneau
is a busy bus route.
was only after 43 residents petitioned Innes Ward Coun.
Jody Mitic, requesting that speed bumps by used as an
effective traffic calming measuret that city staff acquiesed.
The speed bumps and other traffic calming measures are
suppoosed to be installed this summer.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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