Quebec police officer dies in on-duty crash

September 27, 2012
Sep 27 2012 Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare - Katia Hadouchi was near Joliette and rushing to the scene of an emergency at 7 p.m. Wednesday when she lost control of her squad car on Kildare Row. The car went off the road and smashed into two trees, destroying the vehicle. Thursday morning police confirmed that 23-year-old Hadouchi was at the wheel. She was en route to pick up her partner after getting a 9-1-1 call concerning domestic abuse.

Sep 27 2012

Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare - Katia Hadouchi was near Joliette and rushing to the scene of an emergency at 7 p.m. Wednesday when she lost control of her squad car on Kildare Row.

The car went off the road and smashed into two trees, destroying the vehicle.

Thursday morning police confirmed that 23-year-old Hadouchi was at the wheel. She was en route to pick up her partner after getting a 9-1-1 call concerning domestic abuse.

Paramedics rushed Hadouchi to hospital where doctors worked for hours but were not able to save her life.

Her colleagues are stunned by the death, and Thursday afternoon lowered the flag outside the Rawdon department to honour her death.

"Katia was a young woman that every time she came into the station she was always laughing and bright," said Benoit Richard. "She had a lot of fun with all of her colleagues. and everyone here is shattered by the fact she's gone."

Hadouchi had worked out of the Matawinie office for the past two years.

Investigators say no other vehicle was involved in the crash. The reason for losing control is not known.

A mechanic who came to the scene to collect the wreckage said he had never seen anything like it in 50 years. He said the car's engine was ripped out and thrown 25 metres from where the car stopped.

While her co-workers are in mourning their work will be performed by officers from the surrounding area.

(CTV News)

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