White. After killing a cyclist, he fled and set fire to his car

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On March 8, 2019, a cyclist was fatally killed on the Albi ring road. The driver fled and set his car on fire. He had been arrested two months after the events. The court sentenced him on Thursday, March 24, to 4 years in prison, 1 of which was suspended on probation.

He had killed a man who was riding his bicycle on the Albi ring road on the night of March 8-9, 2019, in the middle of the night. The 29-year-old, who appeared on Thursday, March 24, is on trial for manslaughter. It is above all the attitude of the accused as a result of the accident that impacts this road drama.

That night, police were on the ring road to secure an accident, in the direction of Rodez-Toulouse. Suddenly, they hear a “loud noise and an impact” and see in the other lane a body projected into the air, “disarticulated” they say. A car has just hit a cyclist from behind and has slowed to one side before speeding. A second car arrives following and rolls over the body lying on the road. The driver stops, in a state of shock.

Car found burned

On the road, investigators will then find the shield of a Peugeot car. Precisely at night, a fully charred car was found a few miles beyond the scene of the accident, in Lescure-D’Albigeois. The crest is gone, the hood bears the traces of a violent shock. Police are convinced they found the driver’s vehicle. They manage to identify him. He discovers that at 4 in the morning of the evening of the accident, the young man who is suspected went to the emergency room of the Claude Bernard clinic for severe burns to his face. Little more doubt and question the defendant, two months after the events.

“Why did you run away?” The court asked. “I was panicking, tormented,” the other said. So why run away? Why burn your car? His explanations don’t convince anyone. “Didn’t you read the press? However, the accident was well reported at the time. “Perhaps he had consumed alcohol? Narcotics? “No, no, just a set in the morning,” he admits.

“You knew you killed someone!” »

“We are told that the accused has taken a ‘path of truth.’ I do not have that impression. You did not respect your judicial control. Your case mentions 3 reports of incidents, “he said. Explain that you thought you ran into rubble that night, but who are we kidding about? Of course you knew you killed someone! ” with immediate effect.

The victim was 35 years old. He spent the night at a friend’s house, and had taken the bike to “get food.” He did not carry reflective lights or bicycle lights. He had used a lot of drugs and should not be on the ring road, especially at midnight. Without overwhelming the victim, Me Gosset for the defense recalls the lack of visibility. “It could have been anyone else. If it hadn’t been for my client hitting the cyclist, it would have been the car behind him, which overturned over the victim.”

Thirty minutes after going out to deliberate, the court ruled. “It seems to us that you have tried to hide some of the truth.” He was sentenced to 4 years in prison, including 1 year of probation, with a suspended sentence. “You will be able to return home tonight, but you will be notified of a date. You will have to go to jail that day to be imprisoned. “

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