Judge orders psychiatric evaluation of driver in Quebec daycare bus crash

Police are shown outside the home of Pierre-ny-St. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

A man charged with killing two young children after his bus crashed into a Laval day care was ordered by police. judge undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

An attorney for Pierre Ny St-Amand requested an evaluation today, saying he has reason to question whether his client is mentally fit to stand trial.

St-Amand appeared to have difficulty walking and had to be held up by two correctional officers on his way to court in Laval, a suburb north of Montreal.

A 51-year-old driver for Laval Transport was arrested last week after a bus crashed in front of a day care center, killing two four-year-olds and injuring six others.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and seven counts, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Defense attorney Julian L’Esperance Yudon said: judge St-Amand may appear to respond, but may not respond or answer questions.Quebec Court judge Carol Richter has called for an assessment before the case returns to court next Friday.