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The Belahbib family has requested privacy following their daughter's death. Photo: CC, Tony Webster.

Father of late student said she “wanted to make a difference”

In the early morning of Sunday Nov. 13, a University of Ottawa alumna died following a collision on Highway 50 near Buckingham, Québec.

The woman, 24-year-old Amina-Sara Belahbib, is from Gatineau and studied international development and globalization at the U of O, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Belahbib was hit by a 25-year-old man from Blainville, Québec who was arrested on scene. The Citizen further reported that police believe that the man had consumed alcohol prior to the collision, and police are currently awaiting toxicology results and the full investigation of the incident.

Two other passengers were in the vehicle with Belahbib, who sustained injuries which, according to the CBC, were not considered life-threatening by authorities.

Belahbib, who was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, was ejected from it upon the collision and pronounced dead once she arrived at the hospital.

The man who hit Belahbib suffered minor injuries and went to court on Nov. 14. He is expected to be charged with impaired driving causing death.

According to the Citizen, Belahbib’s father asked for privacy following his daughter’s death, and said that she “wanted to make a difference in the world.”