Hundreds of people mourn a cyclist killed in a hit and run on the Plateau as a “ghost bike” is installed


The installation in honor of 31-year-old Andrea Rovere is the 15th memorial erected by Vélo fantôme in Montreal.

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A few hundred people gathered on Sunday at the corner of avenues du Parc and Mont Royal. to erect a “ghost bike” in memory of 31-year-old postdoctoral student Andrea Rovere, killed by a truck in a hit-and-run accident last Monday.

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More than a dozen friends paid tearful tributes in Italian, French, English and Spanish to the talented scientist, musician and advocate for workers’ rights.

Postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), the great Rovere is remembered for creating a feeling of family for international students and other members of his large circle of friends. Generous and empathetic, he was the soul of the Friday night jam sessions where he could take on several different instruments, friends remember. Known for his lasagna dinners and barbecues, he was always eager to discover new groups at local concerts or to cycle through the most remote corners of the island of Montreal.

His death cut short a brilliant career, announced the INRS last week. Researcher at the Center Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications de Varennes, he came to Montreal in 2015 to do his doctorate in physics, which he obtained in December. An online fundraiser for his family to bring his remains to Italy raised more than $ 47,000 as of Sunday afternoon.

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His parents, who lost their only child in the tragedy, watched on facebook from Italy as organizers set up a white bicycle adorned with flowers near the crash site. His girlfriend followed the ceremony from Ecuador.

“How many deaths will it take for things to change,” asked Séverine Le Page, spokesperson for Vélo fantôme.

This is the 15th ghost bike installed by Ghost Bike since 2012 to mark the spot where a cyclist was killed.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “We feel incomprehension, anger and sadness mixed together. After so many years of complaints about Avenue du Parc, how can we see another tragically lost life? “

Rovere was cycling south on Parc just before 3:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a heavy truck turning right on Mount Royal. The driver of the truck, who worked for an earthmoving company in Lavaltrie, fled.

On Tuesday, Brandon Marchand-Bibeau, 25, of Lavaltrie, was charged with a Criminal Code offense for failing to stop at the scene of an accident knowing he had caused someone’s death a. If found guilty, he faces a penalty ranging from a fine to life imprisonment.

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