Tour de France drops case against fan who caused massive crash
Posted On July 4, 2021
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. “This story has been exaggerated, but we want to remind everyone of the safety rules on the race.
“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