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City to dedicate public benches near Westmount Library on December 18th.
Westmount, December 15, 2015 – The City of Westmount will install two new public benches in a dedication ceremony on Friday, December 18th to honour Jessica Lauren Holman-Price and Peter Luc Holman-Price, ten years after a tragic accident took the life of 21-year-old Jessica and injured 10-year-old Peter Luc.
Jessica lost her life on December 19th, 2005 while saving her brother from the wheels of a snow-removal truck as the pair was waiting to cross the street at the corner of Strathcona Avenue and Sherbrooke Street. She was awarded a posthumous Medal of Bravery (Canada).
The first bench will be dedicated to the memory and courage of Jessica, and the second bench will honour Peter Luc, who survived the accident. The benches will be located in the garden in front of the Westmount Public Library on Sherbrooke Street.
Following the accident, the family engaged in a national awareness and action campaign, urging municipal, provincial and federal departments involved in road and transportation safety to legislate on a variety of safety measures, particularly those related to heavy trucks. Subsequently, Westmount was the first city in the province to install protective side rails on its heavy vehicles, later adding side and rear cameras to eliminate blind spots for truck drivers. It also undertook and continues to expand on several other pedestrian safety measures, including the installation of raised crosswalks and illuminated bollards at certain intersections to improve pedestrian visibility, as well as the use of pedestrian priority traffic signals.
The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Friday near the fountain in the front garden of Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West. Jessica’s mother, Jeannette Holman-Price, brother Peter Luc Holman-Price, Mayor Peter F. Trent, Councillor Cynthia Lulham, former Westmount Mayor Karin Marks, and other City officials will attend. The office of federal M.P. Marc Garneau has confirmed representation. Westmount Fleet Superintendent Robert Talarico and former Public Works Director Marianne Zalzal, who together spearheaded the City’s truck safety programme, will also be present. Two of the City’s Public Works trucks will be on site.
More information about The Jessica Campaign can be found at www.thejessicacampaign.com.
Anne Renaud, Mayor’s Office