EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Acting Chief Coroner Jérome Ouellette announced that an inquest into the death of Mario Roy has been scheduled for Nov. 24-26. It will take place at the Edmundston Convention Centre on Canada Street to ensure compliance with physical distancing due to COVID-19.

Roy died on Sept. 7, 2018, from injuries sustained during his employment at Érablière TDG Somers Inc. in Saint-Quentin.

Presiding coroner Jérome Ouellette and a jury will publicly hear evidence from witnesses in order to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

This inquest was announced pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Coroners Act, which states the Office of the Coroner shall hold an inquest when a worker dies as a result of an accident occurring in the course of his or her employment at or in a woodland operation, sawmill, lumber processing plant, food processing plant, fish processing plant, construction project site, mining plant or mine, including a pit or quarry.

An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The New Brunswick Coroner Service is an independent fact-finding agency that may not make any finding of legal responsibility.