Quebec couch ’surfer’ killed, friend faces three criminal charges

A youthful weekend stunt gone tragically wrong has resulted in three criminal charges against a 21-year-old Quebec man.

ST-JOSEPH-DE-BEAUCE, Que. — A youthful weekend stunt gone tragically wrong has resulted in three criminal charges against a 21-year-old Quebec man.

Alex Labbe is accused of causing the death of his friend in a so-called couch surfing accident.

On a snowy Saturday night in the Quebec village of St-Benjamin, Labbe was allegedly driving a vehicle that dragged a sofa carrying two of his friends.

A vehicle travelling in the opposite direction smashed into the rolling sofa, killing one of its passengers, 22-year-old Francois Hallee.

Labbe had already been charged with hit and run causing death and dangerous driving causing death. Today, prosecutors laid a third charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Labbe is accused of fleeing the accident scene. He was arrested later, at his home in St-Georges, in the Beauce region southeast of Quebec City.

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