Tour de France drops case against fan who caused massive crash

A 30-year-old Frenchwoman is legally short of hot water after the Tour de France dropped a lawsuit after causing a shipwreck on the first leg of the race.

The woman held up a cardboard sign during Stage 1 and was not looking at the competitors when German Tony Martin entered the sign causing a huge pile-up. Nearly twenty people were injured, including some runners who had to withdraw from the tour.

“We withdraw our complaint,” said Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, according to Reuters. ‚ÄúThis story has been exaggerated, but we want to remind everyone of the safety rules on the race.

Italian Kristian Sbaragli, left, and Frenchman Bryan Coquard, right, are lying on the ground after crashing during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197.8 kilometers (122.9 miles) with a departure in Brest and arrival in Landerneau, France, Saturday June 26, 2021 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat, Pool Photo via AP)

Italian Kristian Sbaragli, left, and Frenchman Bryan Coquard, right, are lying on the ground after crashing during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197.8 kilometers (122.9 miles) with start in Brest and arrival in Landerneau, France, Saturday, June 26, 2021 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat, Pool Photo via AP)

“If you come to the tour, you hold your child, you hold your pet, and you don’t cross the road carelessly. And most importantly, you respect the riders – they are the ones who deserve live TV.”

The woman was taken into police custody by authorities and initially charged with fleeing the scene and causing unintentional injuries.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tour de France: Organizers Drop Case Against Woman Who Caused Accident

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