Princess Diana`s accident: The Final report
26th October 1998
It was a "totally normal accident"
French police produce
the final report about the accidental death of Princess Diana :
dpa Paris - The accidental death of Princess Diana in Paris on the morning of
31st August 1997 is neither the blame of shady conspirators nor the go-getting
paparazzi. About 13 months later the experts from the French Gendarmerie in
their 500 side final report come to the conclusion that Diana and her companion
in the Alma Tunnel were the victims of a completely banal car accident. The
report, which was awaited with much suspense, the contents of which were
reported in the paper "Le Figaro" on Saturday, also did away with other
speculations: the car involved in the accident was therefore technically
faultless. Airbags and ABS ( Advanced Braking System ) were fully functional.
As responsible for the accident the experts see the likewise killed driver Henri
Paul, who was drunk and stood under the influence of medication. Henri Paul
drove, according to the investigation, at 100 kilometers per hour, which is
slower than what was first presumed. That is still of course twice the speed
limit, but in this place and at the time in question it is more likely an
average speed. The author of the report, which is due to be handed over to the
trial judge Hervă´ Stă´phan on the 2nd November, maintains in any case to the
hypothesis that a mysterious Fiat Uno was involved in the accident.
According to the Gendarmerie's findings, before the accident Diana's Mercedes
280 S was lightly scraped by this car which was on the overtaking lane. It is
still unclear as to whether an unexpected driving manoeuvre by this car at the
entrance to the tunnel forced Henri Paul to brake abruptly: at the site of the
accident a 16 meters long skid mark was measured. When entering the tunnel the
view of any cars in front is limited for a short amount of time. A delayed
avoiding swerve in the narrow tunnel through being under the influence of
alcohol can have fatal consequences.
The investigators also discovered the remains of an indicator cover. The
analysis of this, just like that of the traces of paint on the Mercedes revealed
that the car in question was a white Fiat built between 1983 and 1987.
Eyewitnesses had also mentioned this vehicle. Although 3000 Uno drivers were
laboriously scrutinized the car to this day has still not been found. The driver
was primarily sought as a witness, but he would also have to explain his reasons
for leaving the scene of an accident.