French authorities on Tuesday filed an aggravated manslaughter charge against Eric Robic, one of two French nationals who are suspected of committing the September 2011 hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv that
killed Lee Zeitouni.
Robic and Claude Isaac Hayat fled to France after hitting Zeitouni, 25, on a Tel Aviv street and leaving her for dead. Hayat's hearing will be held Thursday.
According to French daily Le Figaro, the court determined that Robic, who was recently arrested in the French Riviera for the illegal possession of a weapon and involvement in a brawl, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a 150,000 euro ($197,355) fine.
The report said Israel
had transferred to French authorities all of the investigation material, which the paper described as "quite extensive." The newspaper said evidence against Robic is conclusive and indicates that the road was well-maintained and dry at the time of the fatal hit-and-run accident. The paper said information provided by the Tel Aviv Municipality also showed that the traffic
lights in the area were working properly at the time of the accident.
The investigation conducted in Israel also revealed that the driver of the vehicle did not try to break before hitting Zeitouni.
Roy Peled, Lee Zeitouni's partner, said: "I'm happy things are starting to move along. Still, I know we are facing a long and complex trial."
Peled said that Robic "is a man with a lot of money, and I hope the authorities in France
will be tough."
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