In Toulouse, his loss of cargo on the ring road resulted in the death of a biker: 12 months suspended prison sentence
In July 2020, a site foreman lost the load of his vehicle on the Toulouse ring road. A few minutes later, a motorcyclist who succeeded by this path could not avoid the obstacle and died of his injuries. The man who was driving the construction vehicle was sentenced by the Toulouse Criminal Court.
His mother came to the criminal court hearing with the framed portrait of her son who died on the Toulouse ring road last summer. The emotion and the pain of this family can still be seen on the faces.
This Tuesday, September 14, a 26-year-old man, site manager, was before the Toulouse Criminal Court for the manslaughter of a biker. The accident took place under particularly dramatic circumstances. On July 22, 2020, at around 9:30 a.m., on the expressway which allows, from Blagnac, to join the Toulouse ring road, a violent accident takes place.
The Haute-Garonne firefighters were called to the scene and found a 45-year-old biker seriously injured. Despite the care given to the victim, she was declared dead at the scene of the tragedy. “At the time of the first observations of the police, concrete blocks, used in particular to fix the signs, are found on the scene”, indicates the president of the hearing.
A loss of load
Several people will be heard in this case and will explain having seen an obstacle on the road and not having been able to avoid it. The presence of these blocks will cause several punctures before the passage of this motorcyclist aboard his sporty Ducati who will not be able to avoid the concrete block either and will die following this collision.
In fact, that day, 15 minutes before the biker came by, the driver of a construction vehicle was going to lose concrete blocks. The driver of this van, loaded with these blocks, will not stop and will report the loss of his load. “Didn’t you hear anything while driving?” “No,” the athletic-looking defendant responds almost robotic. “However, it rather gives the feeling that you have heard but that you did not want to stop”, underlines the magistrate again. “We were in a hurry, I visually checked the load before leaving and for me it was good,” explains the defendant at the helm.
A married man who would become a dad
It was only a few days and later that this site manager heard a call for witnesses on the radios. A message broadcast to try to find the driver of the vehicle who lost his load and therefore involuntarily caused the death of this man.
The victim, psychologist, seasoned athlete, was married and at the time of this terrible accident, his wife was about to give birth. “I want to apologize to the family, I am not a murderer”, insists the defendant again. The parents of the victim, defended by Me Alexandre Martin, present in the room, do not hide their pain and their anger. “You ransacked lives, you fled rather than assume. You condemned us to suffering for life,” also mentioned the bar the father of this man. “You can promote the means of preventing the presence of these obstacles on the roadway so that this tragedy does not happen. 15 minutes have passed, it is colossal and it could have saved the life of a man “, adds the lawyer of the widow.
“He recognizes recklessness”
“There is a willful misconduct on your part. It should have been avoided. There is clearly a lack of professionalism”, wishes to note the public prosecutor before requesting 12 months of prison completely accompanied by the simple suspension and cancellation of the driving license with ban on ironing within 8 months.
Hearing the requisitions, the defendant defended by Me Laurent Galinié, lowers his eyes. “Today my client recognizes the recklessness of this load but he did not flee, he did not realize the loss of this load”, assures his advice. This young man was finally sentenced to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, his driving license canceled with a ban on ironing within six months. The family of the victim, at the exit of this trying hearing, burst into tears.