This is the moment a driver appears to accelerate to show off shortly before he loses control of his BMW and hits a woman on the pavement before colliding with a man and knocking a lamppost on him.
The incident, captured by a bystander, features a green BMW exiting the St-Laurent dealership’s parking lot on Cote-de-Liesse Rd. near Hebert St. in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday, September 10th.
The car accelerated rapidly and, within moments, veered off course, brushing against a woman standing on the pavement and then directly hitting a man on the pavement, catapulting him through the air for several metres.
The vehicle then hit a lamppost which also toppled over and incredibly ended up striking the injured man already lying on the ground in agony.
The driver, who was arrested, Keith Joseph Stephan, 28, of Laval, faces two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm as confirmed by a Quebec Court judge at the Montreal courthouse on Monday, 11th September.
Police indicated that Nick Beauchemin, 23, the owner and operator of Fine Wraps, a car body design business located in Vaudreuil-Dorion, who sustained injuries, was no longer in a life-threatening condition on Monday but still suffered severe injuries.
The female victim, Hannah Cuillerier, 19, remained in serious condition on Monday afternoon.
Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant confirmed that the driver exited the dealership’s car park at approximately 2:35 pm.
The local Porsche dealership had organised an event called “Cars and Coffee” from 11 am to 3 pm, which invited enthusiasts to enjoy competitions, a live DJ, catering, face painting, and the unveiling of a rare Porsche.
Several people were on the pavement, seemingly present for the Porsche event, and it is likely that Beauchemin was attending the event.
Stephan will be required to surrender his driving licence and refrain from contacting the two victims.