Montreal police are investigating after a driver struck a baby in his stroller in a hit and run last week.
The incident, which occurred on Nov. 16, was captured by a nearby surveillance camera. Video and images have been circulating widely on social media.
The video shows the black vehicle driving northbound on Bloomfield Avenue in the Outremont borough around 2:30 pm As it approached the intersection with Lajoie Avenue, the car did not slow down, despite stop signs and a woman crossing with a baby carriage.
The car appeared to speed up while the woman was still crossing the intersection, striking the stroller directly. The baby, about a year old, was inside.
Raphaël Bergeron, a spokesperson for the Montreal police, said the stroller was dragged for several meters before it came loose from the vehicle.
“The vehicle didn’t stop and kept going until it fled on Van Horne Avenue,” he said.
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The baby was taken to hospital and did not sustain any serious injuries. Montreal police are investigating the incident as a hit and run and are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver.
Police are also reviewing nearby surveillance footage, he said.
Jacob Greenblatt, a longtime Outremont resident who was walking down the street at the time of the event, said he felt “extremely disturbed” after seeing the intersection moments after the hit and run.
“When I arrived on the scene, the stroller was halfway across the block,” he said. “It is very scary to see in a neighborhood like this.”
Public Security Minister François Bonnardel told reporters Wednesday that the situation was “horrible.”
“There’s an inquiry right now,” he said. “We’ll see why this has happened and after that we will give some additional answers regarding this situation.”
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said in a tweet Wednesday that images of the driver accelerating toward the mother and baby are “incredibly violent” and called the incident “unacceptable.”
In a tweet Tuesday night, Outremont Mayor Laurent Desbois said he was “in shock” after seeing the video and is in touch with Montreal police.