The 51-year-old victim allegedly comes from the Toulouse region. Investigators are trying to understand what led her to walk alone and in the middle of the night on the A68. The driver who hit her, still hospitalized, did not hear from her.
An investigation has been opened for manslaughter following the terrible accident that occurred on Sunday around 5:30 am on the A68 motorway near Marssac-sur-Tarn. A 51-year-old woman walking alone in the right-hand lane towards Toulouse was hit by a motorist traveling in the same direction.
There were almost a dozen firefighters on the spot, coming from the rescue center in Albi, but they could not do anything for the victim. The braking tracks still visible on the ground testify to the violence of the impact. The 50-year-old died instantly, her body severed. The driver of the vehicle, 43, was particularly shocked by the accident and was rescued by the emergency services.
A team of criminal identification technicians from the gendarmerie made the first findings at the scene of the tragedy. The soldiers of the community of the Réalmont brigades and the Albi research brigade are in charge of the investigations, under the supervision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The main question concerns the presence of the victim, alone and in the middle of the night, on the A68. “We haven’t yet managed to retrace her entire evening to find out why she ended up in this place,” explains Albi’s prosecutor, Stéphanie Bazart.
Investigators are still awaiting the results of the autopsy but also the use of his mobile phone, including call history and geolocation data, which should provide answers.
Little information has leaked about the victim himself. According to the first elements gathered by La Dépêche, she has been identified and is from the region of Toulouse, but she does not seem to have a well-defined house.
She had gone to a nightclub with a friend on Saturday night and was leaving early in the morning with two other people, heading for Toulouse. For reasons yet to be defined, she later found herself alone on the highway. The first observations made at the crash site reveal that the victim was not lying on the ground during the impact but she was walking.
The driver of the vehicle, slightly injured but above all traumatized by the accident, is still hospitalized. He has not yet been heard by the investigators.