Strépy tragedy: Case reclassified as murder for car driver who ploughed into crowd

Strépy tragedy: Case reclassified as murder for car driver who ploughed into crowd
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The facts in the case of the driver who drove into a crowd in Strépy have been reclassified as murder for the driver, and no longer as manslaughter, due to the circumstances around the death of one of the victims.

This is what the Tournai Public Prosecutor’s Office said on Sunday evening. On Friday, the Tournai Council Chamber confirmed that Paolo F, the driver of the car that was involved in the carnival tragedy in Strépy-Bracquegnies on 20 March 2022, would remain in detention for two months.

The driver crashed into the carnival procession in the early hours of the morning, killing six people and injuring around thirty others.

In March, a car ploughed into a crowd of revellers attending the carnival at Strépy-Bracquegnies (La Louvière, Hainaut). Six people died and around 40 were injured.


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