May 30, 2008
Sobbing uncontrollably just hours after losing her son, Luc Bourdon, in a tragic motorcycle accident, Suzanne Boucher said she had tried desperately to stop him from buying a bike. Her plea worked last year when her fears changed his mind. That's when Bourdon, the promising Vancouver Canucks defenseman, first told his mom he dreamed of riding, and was spellbound by the "power and beauty" of motorcycles.
"I was scared when he told me that," Boucher said Thursday through tears from her home in Shippagan, N.B. "I disagreed with it so much. I said, 'You can't do it.' It was too risky, too dangerous. His girlfriend helped me reason with him. But this year was different. This year he wasn't going to listen.
"He said, 'Mom, I can die in a plane, I can die in a car, I can die walking out onto the street. I don't want to live in fear. I want to enjoy life to the fullest. Don't worry, Mom, I'll be safe. I won't be crazy.'"
The police don't believe Bourdon, 21, was being "crazy" when his bike, the one he bought just three weeks ago, veered into an oncoming tractor-trailer on a remote stretch of Highway 113 on New Brunswick's north shore. Bourdon, who was riding what was described as a "racing bike," died instantly between Lemaque, N.B., and Shippagan. He slammed head-on into the transport truck just after noon Atlantic time.