STL daycare crash driver deemed fit for trial

The driver of a Société de transport de Laval bus who is charged with the murder of two children killed in a crash at a Sainte-Rose daycare centre has been deemed fit to stand trial, while also being ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation again.

An aerial view of the incident on the morning of Wednesday Feb. 8. (Screenshot courtesy of Nouvelles TVA)

A lawyer for Pierre Ny-St-Amand, Julien Lespérance Hudon, told the judge during a hearing at the Palais de Justice de Laval on Friday that his client is lucid enough to follow court proceedings and to assist with his own defence.

However, the lawyer also asked the judge to order that St-Amand be made to undergo a second mental evaluation – this time to determine whether he was criminally responsible for the actions leading to the charges he now faces.

In addition to two counts of first-degree homicide, St-Amand is also charged with attempted homicide and assault related to the crash on the morning of Feb. 8.