Drunk driver kills French family on bicycles

23rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

BOURGES, France, Aug 22 (AFP) - A driver who was probably drunk ran into a family on bicycles in the Loire Valley in central France on the weekend, killing three members and leaving a 12-year-old girl an orphan, police said Sunday.

BOURGES, France, Aug 22 (AFP) - A driver who was probably drunk ran into a family on bicycles in the Loire Valley in central France on the weekend, killing three members and leaving a 12-year-old girl an orphan, police said Sunday.

The accident occurred late Saturday near the city of Bourges, as the family was cycling home after sunset along a quiet country road.

The motorist drove into them, immediately killing a 44-year-old mother. Her husband, also 44, and their 10-year-old son died of their injuries in hospital overnight.

The 12-year-old daughter escaped with minor injuries.

The driver, who also lived in the region, fled the scene and was arrested early Sunday. An officer said the man was "probably" drunk at the time of the accident.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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