Wasps kill mayor of Quebec town
La Prarie, Que. mayor Lucie F. Roussel died after stepping on a wasps nest at her cottage, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (Handout/VILLE DE LAPRAIRIE)
MONTREAL — The longtime mayor of a Montreal suburb died after she was stung by a swarm of wasps Sunday.
Lucie F. Roussel, 51, had been mayor of La Prairie, Que., since 2005.
A friend told QMI Agency that Roussel inadvertently stepped on a wasps' nest at her cottage in Stratford, Que., in the Eastern Townships.
Roussel was pronounced dead in hospital.
"It's really sad because she lost her husband four years ago," said the friend, Helene Ste-Marie. "So two 18- and 19-year-old children have been left orphaned."
Roussel had served on La Prairie's town council since 1999 and was in her third term as mayor. Flags at the town hall were flying at half-mast Monday.
She ran for a seat in the provincial legislature in the 2012 Quebec election, but lost and retained her mayoral job.