March 30, 2023

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Death by being hit by a tree: 18-year-old was afraid of being late for work

An 18-year-old man who died after crashing into a tree while driving in the Montreal-North borough was afraid of being late for work, prompting him to step on the accelerator.

• Read more: 18-year-old dies after vehicle catches fire in Montreal North

“He was a person with a full life, he had a lot of energy, he had a lot of ambition,” Christine Charlotte Sowa Egani described in an emotional interview. Newspaper.

His brother, Roger Miguel Obama Egani, was driving on Leger Boulevard when his vehicle crashed into a tree at full speed at around 4:30 a.m. on January 9.

The violent impact caused the vehicle to catch fire, in which the youth’s body was trapped.

lack of understanding

That morning, Roger leaves his apartment for work at the Miguel Aluminum Company. He may have planned to drop off his sister’s vehicle at her residence.

All indications are that he wanted to arrive at 5am, when his shift started.

Roger Miguel Obama Egani dies after hitting tree in Montréal-Nord borough.

Photo by QMI Agency, Maxime Deland

But the misunderstanding still haunts Ms Joa Ekani, who, before the impact, said her brother would have stopped at a red light located very close to the scene of the accident.

” [Les enquêteurs] Made us understand [… ] He was still driving fast, but at this distance I really don’t believe that this is the only reason he lost control,” she says, rejecting the thesis of a voluntary gesture.


Anyway, Christine Charlotte Sowa Ekani and her mother have lost someone who acted as the “head of the family” and was always ready to help.

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“It’s very difficult to accept it, even to believe it. Maybe looking at those photos, his friends come, call him and his cell phone doesn’t ring,” says the 32-year-old woman, her eyes glued to a small memorial in the corner of the living room.

Roger Miguel Obama Egani dies after hitting tree in Montréal-Nord borough.

Photo by QMI Agency, Maxime Deland

The incident occurred when Roger Miguel was trying to finish his high school studies, hoping to later become a firefighter.

“He doesn’t have much” to achieve his goal, his sister gives up. But now his relatives must return his body to Cameroon, where he left it 10 years ago.

Roger Miguel is part of a list of young people who have died on Quebec’s roads since earlier this year.

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

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