A young man was indicted Monday following an illegal race in Libercourt (Pas-de-Calais), on the night of Friday to Saturday, during which he lost control of his vehicle and hit the public .
This 22-year-old man, with no criminal record, was taking part in “a 'wild run' organized via social networks (...) consisting, in town, in driving private cars as quickly as possible (estimated speed of 100 km / h) the distance separating two roundabouts ”, details Stéphanie Lescaut, deputy prosecutor of Béthune in a press release.
The young man was placed under judicial supervision, contrary to the requisitions of the prosecution which had requested his placement in detention.
A judicial investigation was opened on the counts of "involuntary injuries aggravated by the manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of caution (...) having resulted in ITTs of less than and greater than 3 months".
A crowd of "a hundred spectators"
The driver had lost control of his car and hit "the crowd of around a hundred spectators," she continues.
Estimating his speed at 70 km / h during the collision, he declared to have “braked suddenly in order to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him and also participating in the race”.
He was neither under the influence of drugs nor alcohol.
Six people, aged 18 to 39, were injured in the accident, three of them have a vital prognosis.
A dozen cars participated in this illegal race, further indicates the statement from the Béthune prosecutor's office.
At the end of August, a 75-year-old woman died in Toulouse after being struck by a 25-year-old biker during an urban rodeo.
In mid-July, a 21-year-old young woman was killed near Amiens in similar circumstances.