Psychiatrists seek more time to assess Sainte-Rose daycare crash driver

It is alleged that STL driver Pierre Ny St-Amand was the driver of the bus that rammed the Garderie éducative de Sainte-Rose on the morning of Wednesday Feb. 8. (Photo: Facebook)

Officials at the Pinel Institute for legal psychiatry have asked a Quebec Court judge to grant them more time to evaluate Pierre Ny St-Amand, the driver of the Société de transport de Laval bus that crashed into a Sainte-Rose daycare in early February, killing two children and injuring others.

At the Palais de Justice de Laval on Tuesday, a judge heard from psychiatric evaluators at the institute which deals with criminal insanity that a report on St-Amand’s mental state which was supposed to be ready was not and they needed an additional 30 days.

A mental health expert had previously evaluated St-Amand and declared him fit to stand trial.

The judge agreed to postpone the next hearing until April 26.

St-Amand, 52, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, as well as the attempted murder and assault of others, including at least six children who were in the daycare on Terrasse Dufferin on Feb. 8 when he is alleged to have crashed his STL bus into the building’s entrance.