by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Posted Mar 17, 2017
“My brother will have a voice beyond his death, because he believed we’re not doing enough for people who suffer from PTSD,” said LeLievre.Jackie Deveau, right, pictured in a family handout photo with his wife Lorna, returned to his hometown of Cheticamp, N.S., last year to retire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Ida LeLievre
CHETICAMP, N.S. – A military veteran who died in an alleged hit and run in Cape Breton will be laid to rest Saturday, as a family member questions how he wound up walking on a highway near the hospital where he was receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ida LeLievre says her cousin, Jackie Deveau, was struck by a car on Highway 125 near Sydney last Saturday, only two days after checking himself into Cape Breton Regional Hospital for psychological care.
The 54-year-old man died in the same hospital a few hours later, according to police.
“For us, I guess the question is … Where did things go wrong?” LeLievre said.
“Where is that crack in the system that makes it so that people like my brother and so many others end up dead, or end up injuring others, before we do anything about it?”
RCMP say the car continued down the highway through the community of Mira Road without stopping. Investigators are looking for the driver of a grey Volkswagen with damage on its front and passenger side.
"...Deveau was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after assisting in the cleanup of Swissair Flight 111, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggy’s Cove in 1998."
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