A second 17-year-old teenager died on Sunday, December 10, after the accident of a scooter after a chase which took place Friday evening in Chelles, in Seine-et-Marne, and which had already caused the death of the penger, also aged 17.
According to the first elements of the investigation revealed by the prosecution, after viewing a video and testimonies from two motorists, the scooter accident was not due to an impact with a police car. “After this first examination, it does not appear to me that the loss of control of the scooter was caused by a collision between the BAC vehicle [brigade anticriminalité] and the scooter: I don’t see any shock in this recording”, declared the public prosecutor of Meaux, Jean-Baptiste Bladier, during a press conference on Sunday. The testimonies “of two separate motorists – who did not know each other – and who witnessed the events” corroborated this version, he said in a press release.
“Very high speed” and “very wet road”
Around 11 p.m. Friday, a BAC crew from Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis) tried to control this two-wheeler which had just run a red light, according to information transmitted Saturday evening by the Meaux public prosecutor’s office . Arrived in Chelles (Seine-et-Marne), 2 kilometers further, “the driver tries to brake, but in my opinion too late”detailed the prosecutor on Sunday, specifying that the scooter was driving “at a very high speed” on “a very wet road”.
“We literally see the vehicle slipping away from under the feet of its occupants. Afterwards, things move extremely quickly”added Mr. Bladier, “the bodies will slide and get stuck under a vehicle” who was at the red light. “The police arrived to help and then, very quickly, the firefighters and the SAMU were engaged”, specifies the prosecutor. The scooter penger died from his injuries in the evening.
The Meaux public prosecutor’s office has opened two investigations, according to the prosecutor. The first, for refusal to comply, was entrusted to the Chelles-Villeparisis police station. The second, on counts of homicide and involuntary injuries, is carried out by the general inspectorate of the national police, the “police of police”. An autopsy on the body of the scooter penger was ordered by the prosecutor.
The police officers involved in this chase “for the moment they are not in police custody, they have been the subject of a first hearing” And “will be re-auditioned in more depth after the exploitation of the technical elements which is currently underway”reported the magistrate.
The World with AFP