Friday around 7 p.m. in Seine-et-Marne, according to the first elements of the investigation, the car driven by Pierre Palmade veered to the left and hit a second vehicle which was traveling in the opposite direction.
In addition to the seriously injured actor and director, the collision left three other seriously injured, including a child and a pregnant woman who lost her baby.
Saturday, the public prosecutor of Melun Jean-Michel Bourlès revealed that the 54-year-old comedian was driving at the time of the accident under the influence of cocaine.
The same day, an investigation for homicide and involuntary injuries was opened, added the magistrate.
The days of Pierre Palmade, who entered the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital "
in serious condition
", are no longer in danger.
On the other hand, the actor risks having to deal with Justice.
In the Criminal Code, manslaughter is considered a misdemeanor, not a crime, due to the unintentional nature.
The most severe sentence that a judge can pronounce for this offense is 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.
But this maximum sentence can be increased in the event of aggravating circumstances, such as the use of “
substances or plants classified as narcotics
This is the case of the actor and director, who tested positive for cocaine during the accident.
The police investigation will also have to determine if there has been a traffic violation, such as exceeding the maximum speed of more than 50 km / h, a second aggravating circumstance which could bring the sentence to 10 years in prison. and a fine of 150,000 euros.
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This Sunday, the home of Pierre Palmade in Cély-en-Bière, in Seine-et-Marne, was searched for several hours.
Twenty police and gendarmes were mobilized.
Companion of the night and his excesses, Pierre Palmade was sentenced in 1995 for cocaine consumption.
In 2019, he was taken into custody for "
use and acquisition of narcotics
" after being falsely accused of rape.