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Woman killed by truck at Baron de Hirsch cemetery


MONTREAL — The 43-year-old woman who died at the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery Sept. 24 after being fatally struck by a truck has been identified by the cemetery as Lise Shouker.

The woman was entering the cemetery at the Mountain Sights Avenue gate shortly after 4 p.m., just as a maintenance vehicle was backing out, said cemetery executive director Jay Aaron. She died immediately at the scene.

It’s believed Shouker was coming from the JEM Workshop for people with intellectual challenges across the street, Aaron said.

The workshop’s executive director Howard Berger said Shouker had been a client until a few years ago, and her sister is currently employed there.

Her mother and sister are believed to have been following behind Shouker, and the family was believed to be going to visit the father’s grave.

Neither the truck driver nor the cemetery has so far has not been found at fault.

“We just can’t explain it… The police, the coroner, the SAAQ [the automobile insurance board] were here all day [Sept. 25]. The driver had activated the beeper and lights. It was daylight, there was no sun in the face… I gather it’s just a horribly tragic accident,” Aaron said.

Shouker was buried at the Baron de Hirsch on Sept. 27.

Berger remembered Shouker as “a quiet girl, who tried to do her work. We’re all very, very sad. Something like that shouldn’t happen.”


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