A 48-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle in Béziers on the night of Saturday to Sunday, we learned from a police source and from the prosecution. The driver did not stop after the impact.
« I confirm the death after percussion by a vehicle which fled and whose driver then lost control about 200 meters further by falling into a ditch, » Béziers prosecutor Raphaël Balland told AFP.
An open investigation
The two presumed passengers of the vehicle, two heavily alcoholic men, aged 46 and 29 respectively and living in the Hérault, were arrested and placed in custody for the count of intentional homicide, told AFP on Sunday morning. the prosecutor of Béziers Raphaël Balland.
According to the first elements of the investigation, the facts occurred around 1:50 a.m. Sunday, in the parking lot of a restaurant, after a fight between the two passengers of the vehicle and another group of customers of the establishment, detailed the prosecution. later today in a statement. « The alleged driver would have uttered death threats before taking the wheel of his vehicle, accompanied by the alleged passenger, » said Mr. Balland in this text.
« A possible voluntary act »
Investigators are wondering about « a possible voluntary act », insisted the prosecution, stressing that « witnesses say that the driver would have maneuvered so as to voluntarily hit the victim at full speed, before fleeing ». Mother of two children and living in Peyrolles-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône), the victim would have been 49 years old on Monday.
In his press release, Mr. Balland specifies that “at this stage the prosecution is already planning to present the alleged driver (Monday) at the end of his police custody, with a view to the opening of judicial information ”.