A boat afternoon turned to drama for two friends on Sunday when their car hit an SUV after deviating from her lane, killing one of them instantly.
Olivia Drozdoski-Richardson was returning with her 23-year-old roommate to party with friends on the St. Lawrence River near Salaberry-de-Valleyfield as part of the regatta.
Around 8:30 pm, while traveling west on Route 132 at Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, the Nissan Juke driven by his roommate would have deviated from his lane before striking a full SUV was driving in the opposite direction.
Olivia is dead instantly. Her friend, who was driving, was still hospitalized Sunday to treat serious injuries.
” No words “
“There are simply no words. I do not know what to do. I can hardly believe it, says Cassandra Drozdoski, Olivia’s sister. We think we are all invincible, we are sure to have a tomorrow. “
The exact cause of the collision was still unknown Sunday, but the SQ did not rule out the possibility that alcohol or a distraction from the offending driver were responsible.
“A blood sample from the driver will be analyzed, but it is still too early to say if charges will be laid,” said Sergeant Aurelie Guindon, spokeswoman for the police.
The investigators must also redo the day of the two young women to try to shed light on the circumstances of the tragedy.
The driver of the hit vehicle was also seriously injured, but there was no fear for his life or that of his passenger.
For those around her, Olivia Drozdoski-Richardson leaves a huge void, which brightened her friends and family with her good humor.
“My sister was a whole woman. She had only one emotion: the joy of living. Positive, stress-free, with a huge heart, “says Cassandra Drozdoski.
Originally from Sherbrooke, she moved to Montreal for studies. She graduated in fashion from LaSalle College and had just started a bachelor’s degree in marketing at UQAM’s Graduate School of Management (ESG).