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Refusal to comply in Chelles: two investigations opened after the death of two teenagers in a scooter accident

2023-12-10T19:30:08.694Z

Highlights: Scooter carrying two 3-year-olds crashed into a BMW in Chelles, Seine-et-Marne. The pilot of the 125cc scooter was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon. The passenger died on Saturday, December 9 at around 9 a.m. The driver, who was unknown to the courts, did not have the required driver's license for a 125cc car, the owner of which was still to be determined. The two young people had been evacuated to the Kremlin-Bicêtre and Henri-Mondor hospitals.


An investigation for refusal to comply, entrusted to the Chelles-Villeparisis agglomeration police station, and another, for injuries and homicides


The accident occurred in a slight curve to the right, along buildings under construction, at the foot of fences used to hide the construction site. This is where the red light is located where two cars were stopped one behind the other. That's when the 125cc scooter, which was carrying two 3-year-olds trying to evade the police, crashed into a BMW. It was 17:23 p.m. on Friday, December 15, on Avenue du Maréchal-Foch, in Chelles (Seine-et-Marne).

The collision caused the death of the passenger, as a result of his injuries, on Saturday, December 9 at around 9 a.m. The pilot was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon, the Meaux prosecutor's office said on Sunday evening. The two young people had been evacuated to the Kremlin-Bicêtre (Val-de-Marne) and Henri-Mondor hospitals in Créteil (Val-de-Marne).

A red light at the origin of the chase

The Meaux prosecutor's office has opened two investigations. One, for refusal to comply, was handed over to the Chelles-Villeparisis police station. The other, for wounding and manslaughter, was handed over to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), the "police of police." They will have to answer the questions that justice is asking.

"What fully justified the chase? Were the terms of this chase compliant, particularly in terms of the distance between the police car and the scooter? Finally, did the circumstances have a consequence in the occurrence of the accident? ", explained Jean-Baptiste Bladier, the public prosecutor of Meaux, during a press conference given this Sunday at noon at the courthouse.

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This Friday shortly after 23 p.m., the scooter was chased by a crew of the anti-crime brigade (BAC) in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis), for having run a red light. The police officers are joined on the road by another crew, in their screen-printed car, who activates their siren and flashing lights. It was equipped with a camera, which filmed the scene along the two-kilometre chase.

The prosecutor himself viewed the footage. "It does not appear to me that there was a collision between the BAC vehicle and the scooter, which was the cause of its fall," he said. The Avenue du Maréchal-Foch is a dual carriageway. And so, it makes a slight curve to the right.

"At this point, it is not possible to distinguish the right lane at the red light. The two stationary vehicles are in the left lane. The scooter didn't see that it could go to the right. You can clearly see the scooter's tail light coming on. He therefore tried to brake, but too late, even though the road was very wet. Then, it swings to the right and comes to rest under the vehicle. »

No contact between the BAC vehicle and the scooter, according to witnesses

The driver, who was unknown to the courts, did not have the required driver's license for a 125cc car, the owner of which was still to be determined. As for the passenger, he had a short criminal record, "alternative measures" according to the prosecutor, such as a citizenship course or a reminder of the law.

"During the course of the day, investigators received spontaneous testimony from two separate motorists — who did not know each other — and who witnessed the incident. These two people attested that they had not noticed any material contact between the BAC vehicle and the scooter," the Meaux prosecutor's office said on Sunday evening.

"It's catastrophic. We should never live in this kind of situation," said Edmonde Jardin, the mayor of Vaires-sur-Marne, the town where the two victims lived, without wanting to comment further immediately "out of respect for the families."

Source: leparis

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