FOX LANE: With fall temperatures setting in, members of James Poirier’s family and loved ones gathered roadside to remember the 19-year-old SAERC graduate at the site of the single-vehicle crash that claimed his life.
“It’s poignant to see exactly where the crash occurred and to realize that all these people are coming together,” said Anissa Aldridge, Atlantic Regional Director for MADD Canada.
“James’ family placed a cross here, and now it’s marked. People will always drive by here, remember James and, unfortunately, recall what happened on that night.”
The gathering took place on October 23 in Fox Lane, a portion of Route 19 just minutes from the Canso Causeway. One year ago to the day, the truck in which Poirier was a passenger left the road and collided with a telephone pole.
Poirier was in the backseat of the Chevrolet Colorado involved, and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The site of the crash is now marked with a large metal cross that can easily be seen by passing traffic.
The Poirier family and James’ loved ones were joined by a large number of locals at the unveiling of the cross. Included with them were Aldridge and Rosie Weiman, president of MADD Inverness South.
“It’s a reminder to make plans ahead of time, to make the decision to not drive while impaired, and most specifically in this case, not to get into the car of someone who is impaired,” Aldridge said.
An RCMP investigation into the single-vehicle crash that took Poirier’s life is currently before the courts.
Aldridge noted that everyday an average of four Canadians are killed and 175 people are injured by an impaired driver.
“It’s a daily occurrence,” she said. “I almost worry about turning on the radio in the morning because I know people are still making those choices.
“It’s heartbreaking.”
James was the son of John Poirier and Debra Long and a sibling to Kalen Forgeron and Cohen Poirier. He is also survived by his grandmother Joan Poirier, his nephew Dane Forgeron, and many aunts, uncles and cousins from the Poirier and Long families. The love of his life was Cailin MacQuarrie.
A SAERC Saints basketball tournament is held every year in his memory.

A SAERC Saints basketball tournament is held every year in memory of James Poirier.
A SAERC Saints basketball tournament is held every year in memory of James Poirier (dunking basketball).
This cross was erected at the spot where James Poirier lost his young oife.
This cross was erected at the spot where James Poirier lost his young oife.