A five-year-old girl of British parents has died in a skiing accident in the French Alps, with the man involved in the incident currently being held on suspicion of manslaughter.
The accident occurred yesterday (Saturday January 15) at the end of the morning, on a track in the ski resort of Flaine, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
The five-year-old girl was taking part in a French Ski School ski lesson on the blue run named “Serpentine”, when she was “run over” by a man in his 40s who appeared to have lost his controlling his skiing speed. .
The man, a volunteer firefighter from Haute-Savoie, immediately called the emergency services and was assisted by a doctor who was on the mountain. When paramedics arrived, the girl appeared to be in cardiac arrest.
She could not be revived and died around 1:00 p.m. on a helicopter ride to hospital.
The girl had spent several days at the ski resort with her parents, who are British and live in Geneva, Switzerland. They have a second home in Les Carroz nearby.
The man who accidentally hit her was taken into police custody, the case being investigated by the Bonneville prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutor Karline Bouisset says he is in a “severe state of shock”.
A manslaughter investigation has been opened, with an autopsy of the girl scheduled for tomorrow morning (Monday January 16) to formally identify the cause of death.
The magistrate said: “A judicial inquiry will probably be opened [into the man in] jail “.
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