Moroccan driver who killed 9-year-old boy arrested while fleeing at French airport

The 9-year-old French boy who was killed by a drunk and high Moroccan driver is pictured on the right in a photo released by his family.
By Dénes Albert
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A Moroccan migrant who hit and killed a 9-year-old boy in August 2021 in the French town of Montpellier was arrested on Thursday while attempting to board a plane to Morocco.

On Aug. 21, 2021, on Avenue de Monsieur-Teste in Montpellier, the 9-year-old French boy, Adam, was fatally hit by the driver’s car while he was on the sidewalk with his mother and his two sisters, aged 8 and 11 years, along with a friend of the family. Police determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics and was speeding at the time he struck and killed the young boy.

The mother and daughter had to be transported to the University Hospital for head and leg injuries.

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The car ended its mad dash into a wall. The defendant, 34 years old at the time, had been arrested and indicted by an investigating judge for homicide and involuntary injuries aggravated by three circumstances and had been remanded into custody by a judge.

However, this measure cannot exceed one year for this type of crime, so the man was automatically released this week on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, even before the date of his trial had been decided. However, a judicial control measure entailing an obligation for the suspect to check in at the Béziers police station had been put in place.

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Just two days after his release, the Moroccan suspect did not hesitate to try to violate his judicial control requirements. The man was, in fact, according to his lawyer, arrested this Thursday, Aug. 25, in the morning, at Marignane Airport by the air and border police while attempting to flee to Morocco.

“I had advised my client to respect his judicial control,” said his lawyer, Marc Gallix. “For my part, I have never made a request for the release of my client. He was released due to negligence,” he said.

Germany has experienced similar incidents involving migrants running over young people, especially during illegal street races. In Berlin, a Polish mother and her 17-year-old were in the German city when they were hit and taken to the hospital in critical condition due to an illegal street race involving migrants. In 2020, a Syrian migrant hit and killed a 6-year-old boy in Berlin under similar circumstances. In 2021, a Turkish migrant drove into a group of school children, killing an 8-year-old girl in what prosecutors said was intentional homicide.

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