In France: Pierre Palmade to be tried in November for serious road accident

In France: Pierre Palmade to be tried in November for serious road accident
In France: Pierre Palmade to be tried in November for serious road accident

On February 10, 2023, on a departmental road, Pierre Palmade was driving a car that hit an oncoming vehicle. In addition to the actor, the accident left three people from the same family seriously injured: a 38-year-old man, his six-year-old son and his 27-year-old sister-in-law, who lost the baby she was expecting after the collision.

The investigating judge in charge of the investigation referred the 56-year-old artist to the criminal court at the end of May for involuntary injuries, aggravated by drug use. However, she did not retain the qualification of involuntary manslaughter requested by the prosecution for the loss of the foetus.

According to the consistent case law of the Court of Cassation, which has ruled on similar cases of road accidents, a child who is not born does not exist as a person. A fetus therefore has no legal existence and its death cannot constitute involuntary manslaughter for the motorist in question. Pierre Palmade is a repeat offender due to a conviction in 2019 for drug use.

“Due to this state of legal recidivism, Pierre Palmade faces a sentence of fourteen years in prison and a fine of 200,000 euros,” Melun prosecutor Jean-Michel Bourlès said in May.

The injured family members are still suffering the physical and psychological consequences of the accident. During his first questioning before the investigating judge, Pierre Palmade said he was “devastated” by the consequences of the accident for the victims.

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