Police said the driver likely did not see the teens or the stop sign: He hit the scooter with full force, said Sgt. Patricia Dufour of the Régie de police du Lac des Deux-Montagnes.
She told The Canadian Press it was “certain” alcohol was a factor in the crash. The street has hard-to-miss stop signs every 200 to 300 metres, Dufour said.
The driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was alone in his vehicle.
The two teenagers — the moped driver was a male, the passenger female — were taken to Sainte-Justine Hospital. Authorities feared for a time for the moped driver’s life, but by Sunday afternoon his condition had been upgraded to “critical, but stable.” The passenger underwent surgery to repair several fractures.
An accident reconstruction specialist from the Sûreté du Québec was on the scene Sunday to try determine the circumstances of the collision. Both vehicles were seized to be examined.