Death after hitting a tree: The 18-year-old feared being late for work

Death after hitting a tree: The 18-year-old feared being late for work

The 18-year-old young man, who died recently in Montreal-North when his car crashed into a tree, likely feared he would be late for work, prompting him to hit the gas pedal.

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“He was a person full of life, he had so much energy, so much ambition,” Christine Charlotte told Zoa Ekani in an emotional interview with Le Journal.

It was his vehicle that his brother, Roger Miguel Obama Ekani, was driving on Léger Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. on January 9 when he crashed into a tree at full speed.

Death after hitting a tree: The 18-year-old would have feared being late for work

The violent impact had started a fire in the car, in which the young man’s body was trapped.

misunderstanding

That morning, Roger Miguel had left his apartment for a job at an aluminum company. He may have planned to drop off his sister’s vehicle at the family home.

Everything indicates that Roger Miguel wanted to arrive on time for the 5am start of his shift.

Death after hitting a tree: The 18-year-old would have feared being late for work

PHOTO AGENCY QMI, MAXIME DELAND

But the misunderstanding still gnaws at Christine Charlotte Zoa Ekani, because before the impact, her brother would have stopped at a red light very close to the accident site.

” [Les enquêteurs] made us understand [… ] that he was still driving fast, but at this distance I really don’t think “that this is the only reason for his loss of control”, she believes and rejects the thesis of the voluntary gesture.

housekeeper

Either way, Christine Charlotte Zoa Ekani and her mother have lost the ever-helpful “head of the family.”

“It’s so hard to accept and even believe it. Maybe he sees these photos, his friends come over and call him and his cell phone doesn’t ring,” says the 32-year-old, gazing at a small monument in the corner of the living room.

Death after hitting a tree: The 18-year-old would have feared being late for work

PHOTO AGENCY QMI, MAXIME DELAND

The incident also happened when Roger Miguel was trying to finish his high school courses in hopes of becoming a firefighter.

In order to achieve his goal, “he didn’t have much left”, his sister drops.

But now his relatives must transport his body to Cameroon, a country they left almost a decade ago.

Roger Miguel has been added to the list of young adults who have died on Quebec’s streets since the beginning of the year.

Samuel Goudreault-Chevalier, 22, and David Prévost, 25, died recently.

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