They Want Damages And Lost Revenue
Gilbert Paquette had a
million-dollar life insurance policy when his small Cessna became
impaled on a broadcast tower in Quebec three years ago.
But in a move that left his survivors flabbergasted, the
broadcasters that used the wrecked tower are suing the family for
all that and much more.
"Someone else read all of this (legal paperwork) to me because I
was too shocked," said his widow, Francoise Jolin, in an interview
with the all-news channel LCN. "I had a bad night and I wasn't even
able to read the text."
Francois has three children in college. After being floored by
the 2001 accident, which left both the aircraft and the dead pilot
hanging from the tower for five days before the structure was
demolished, the family is now being sued for more than $3.5
"What is the worst for me is the time it will take to resolve
this," she said. "Until this is resolved, we can't live a normal
life. I have three children who are in school and it disturbs their
studies. I don't want them to fail their courses."
And time is certainly not on her side, according to Canadian
constitutional lawyer Julius Grey.
"It's clear that death
does not wipe out liability," he told Canadian Press. "If it (did),
it would be too easy. Everybody dies in the end and we do not have
a holiday on liability."
The decision in this case could have wide-ranging implications
for all Canadians, Grey said. "If you have a fire that starts in
your house through some negligence, and the whole block burns down,
even if you die in the fire, what could happen is a liability that
Worse, Grey said he's worried that the precedent set in this
case could have a severe impact on Canadian pilots. "Quebec pilots
are asking themselves what they can do to protect themselves and
protect their families against unfortunate and unexpected