A SKIER has been charged with the manslaughter of a five-year-old British girl in a fatal mountainside crash at an Alps resort.
The girl, locally named Ophélie, was in a lesson on the slide when an adult was said to be crashed into her at high speed.
The girl was taken to the hospital but died tragically before arriving while still on the helicopter.
The horrific crash happened around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Flaine ski resort in the Haute-Savoie region of eastern France.
The 40-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, has been detained in Bonnevile, eastern France.
Witnesses said they witnessed him skiing “at high speed” through “a slight bump” and then colliding with the child.
The five-year-old boy is taking a lesson on the Blue beginner slope in the resort.
An investigative source said: “The skier involved in the death has been charged with manslaughter.
“He has been placed under judicial control and specifically accused of knowingly violating safety obligations.”
This offense carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of the equivalent of £62,000.
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Karline Bouisset, prosecutor in Bonneville, confirmed that the man, a volunteer firefighter, was “skiing at high speed”.
She added that dozens of people, including first-hand witnesses to the tragedy, have been interviewed “prolonged” since Saturday.
Ms Bouisset said: ‘The child was behind a group and was about to turn right when a skier came at high speed, who tried in vain to avoid her.
The skier tried to give first aid to the child, who was skiing with four other girls and boys, but the girl never regained consciousness and died on the way to the hospital around 1pm.
Ophélie lives with her English parents in Geneva, and they also own a holiday home in Les Carroz, another Alpine ski resort.
The kids took part in the Serpentine Blue run, and in a group lesson organized by France’s ESF national ski school.
Jean-Paul Constant, Mayor of nearb Arâches, said: “We are actively looking for an English-speaking family psychologist who has returned to Geneva.
“They are suffering from extreme shock, as are many others involved in this tragedy.”
The criminal suspect is from Saint-Jeoire, and he is offering full cooperation with the authorities.
An autopsy will take place on Monday to determine the cause of death, but the results have yet to be released.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8222299/skier-charged-manslaughter-british-girl-crash-slopes-alps/ Skier, 40, is charged with the manslaughter of a five-year-old British girl in a mountainside crash in the French Alps resort