Young hunter, 22, accidentally shot and killed 34-year-old British mountain biker in the French Alps
The 34-year-old victim has still not been named but is said to have a restaurant in Les Gets, a small ski resort close to Morzine
A British mountain biker was reportedly shot dead by a young hunter in the French Alps as he was speeding down a wooded path. The 34-year-old victim has still not been named but is said to have a restaurant in Les Gets, a small ski resort close to Morzine. A source close to the investigation said: "He is thought to have died instantly after being hit by a bullet fired by a 22-year-old hunter. The accident happened on Saturday evening in thick woods close to the ski resort of Montriond, at about 6 p.m. The shooter went into deep shock when he realized what he had done. He now faces trial and prison."
The Daily Mail reported that the mountain biker died "from a single bullet" and the source also added that the accident happened when the light was fading at around a 6:50 p.m. sundown on October 13. The victim's body is now undergoing a post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death.
The young hunter is reported to have been taken to the hospital "in severe shock" and this meant that he could not be immediately interviewed or charged with the crime. There were dozens of gendarmes who surrounded the area where the accident occurred meanwhile, others made attempts to contact the victim's family to inform them of what happened.
Sources have said that the restaurant owner was settled in Les Gets for "a number of years" and that he had many friends and family back in the UK as well. This is the latest in a series of tragedies involving shootings that have involved innocent passers-by being either killed or severely wounded during the country's hunting season, which reportedly started last month.
On this particular occasion, about 18 hunters had been taking part, but all of them did not notice the rider who, according to the source close to the investigation, was wearing bright clothes and easily identifiable. The source said: "He was on a popular and well-used track, although it was hard to get to and would not have been very busy as darkness approached. It may be that he was mistaken for a fast-moving animal."
The prosecutors in Thonon have launched an inquiry into "aggravated manslaughter" and a "full investigation is in progress." A judicial source then confirmed that the killer is facing trial and a prison sentence if he is found guilty.