Diana & Dodi: Who were the first witnesses on the scene?

There were several witnesses “first at the scene”. They include, among others:

Tom Richardson and Joanna Luz (American tourists from San Diego), who were the first pedestrian to rush  into the  Alma Tunnel immediately after hearing the noise of  the   crash. They told CNN they were walking nearby when they heard the crash and ran into the tunnel. According to them the car “looked like it hit a wall”. “There was smoke. I think the car hit a wall. A man started running towards us telling us to go.” They then turned around and walked away again, changing their minds about that within a minute and walked towards the car again. Miss Luz said: “The horn was sounding for about two minutes. I think it was the driver against the steering wheel.”  [So far I am not able to find Tom Richardson and Joanna Luz from San Diego. However, I did find a Ms Joanna Luz Siegel who went to Cate School in California. She is interested in film making and media youth culture. Perhaps it is her, but she would have been young in 1997. ]

vacaturejobs_politie_04David Laurent, who had to swerve to avoid a slow-moving, old-model, light-coloured Fiat Uno-type car as he entered the Alma Tunnel, just  seconds  before  the  crash occurred behind him. David Laurent was an off duty police officer, who declared how he was driving on the same freeway when a white Fiat Uno sped past him, heading in the same direction. As he approached the Alma tunnel, he saw the same car moving very slowly, as if the driver was waiting for someone. Since they found paint from an old-model white Fiat Uno on the Mercedes after the crash, the statement is interesting. The Fiat Uno has never been officially identified. [The Fiat Uno might as well have been made up by this policeman. It makes me wonder. Why did this policeman just drive on instead of helping out with the car crash? The accident happened just when he left the tunnel: Is there a scenario possible where he simply helped two passengers of the Mercedes in his car and drove off?] 

Gary Hunter, a London lawyer, said he saw from the window of his third-floor hotel room, two escaping cars leaving the scene of the crash, just seconds after the crash. He is quoted saying (Agence-France-Presse): “I was in my hotel room overlooking the tunnel and heard a car speeding from that direction . . . I jumped up and saw a small dark-coloured car drive up the street with another car practically stuck to it’s back bumper . . . the first car looked like a Fiat Uno or a Renault Clio. The white car was a Mercedes . . . they both spun round together and sped off down the street at a suicidal pace, more than 100 miles per hour . . . I thought it was very strange that they were travelling so dangerously close to each other . . . their behaviour made me wonder exactly what they had been up to in the tunnel when the crash happened”. 

diana13_468x356When Henri Paul lost control of the limo, Frederic Mailliez was approaching the Alma tunnel from the other side. Mailliez is a doctor and an experienced emergency medical professional, who had worked for the French government’s emergency ambulance service SAMU, before going to work for a private medical response outfit called SOS Medecins. Maillez stopped at the crash scene where he administered oxygen to the injured Diana. Mailliez found Princess Diana lying on the back seat of the Mercedes (The Scotsman). Contrary to stories leaked by French authorities to the press, she was not pinned in the rear compartment. The right back seat of the Mercedes seems not seriously damaged in the crash, and there was no obstruction to getting at Diana. Mailliez later made conflicting statements to the news media concerning Diana’s injuries, initially stating “She looked pretty fine.” During a CNN television interview he remarked “I thought this woman had a chance.” A few weeks later, when interviewed by the French medical magazine Impact Quotidien, he contradicted his earlier statements, claiming “There was no way, no chance for her.” This latter statement is at variance with the comment made by Dr. Jean-Marc Martino, who was in charge of the ambulance crew that later transported Diana to hospital. He stated that he considered her condition as: “severe but not critical.”

Almost at the same time as Mailliez, an off duty fireman arrived at the scene. He took care of Trevor Rees-Jones, while Mailliez attended the blond woman in the back.

Two medically-trained firemen arrived at the scene around 12.32am and provided immediate aid. They noted Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul appeared dead. The princess was conscious, sitting on the floor with her feet on the back seat. A fireman recalled the princess saying, “My God, what’s happened?” She was moving her left arm and legs. Her breathing was described as normal and her pulse was “fine and quite strong”.  [I am wondering where Dodi Fayed was, as they found Diana lying in the backseat area. When did they allegedly remove his body? Why did they give-up on him this quickly?] Diana died at the Hospital de la Pitie Salpetriere in south-central Paris.

Doctor Jean-Marc Martino arrived at 12.40am, with Michel Massebeuf, the driver of Diana’s ambulance together with a female student intern. The driver was thus one of only three people who were in the ambulance, which didn’t deliver Diana to the hospital until 2.06 am: one hour and 41 minutes after the crash. Massebeuf was never interviewed by the British police, even though the mbulance made some odd choices: Why this hospital? Why drive so slowly? Why did they stop 500 metres before the entrance of the hospital?

A female student intern who was another one of the three people in Diana’s ambulance. She assisted the ambulance doctor and must have been involved in administering Diana’s treatment. This woman was never interviewed or named in any police investigation and remains anonymous to this day. Can you help me understand why almost two hours after the accident Diana arrives by ambulance in the hospital, with one of the people in the ambulance a female student? By then the best doctors in Paris could have been on that ambulance. Why were not they? Why can’t we know who the female student intern was?

At 1.18am she was put in an ambulance to be taken to hospital. Diana is said to have had two heart attacks between the crash and her arrival at the hospital. Compared to other countries, the French SAMU ambulances are well equiped mobile surgical units. The ambulance crew attending her injuries could have known a heart specialist would be required at arrival at the hospital. Despite radio communication between the ambulance crew and the hospital staff, no heart specialist was present when the ambulance finally arrived at the hospital, nor had a heart lung machine been prepared.

It took one hour and 46 minutes from the time of the crash to the arrival of the ambulance at the hospital. This is a very long time, especially since there are several hospitals nearby the crash site. Still, no heart surguon was waiting for her. However, French authorities had found time to summon French politicians, police and British ambassador Sir Michael Jay to the hospital prior to the arrival of the ambulance. A team like that is able to manage the situation. Somehow they did not assure full preparation for immediate medical care. Understand how medical staff is obliged to live closely to the hospital in case they are needed, even when off duty. Politicians and ambassadors do not have these obligations.

The cause of Diana’s death was attributed to a ruptured pulmonary vein, which resulted in massive internal bleeding. Physicians in numerous nations later heavily condemned the ambulance crew for taking such an inordinate amount of time to transport Diana to the hospital, which only entailed a four mile journey. Had she been transported sooner, they claimed, her chances of survival would have been good. Dr. Patrick Goldstein, a vice president of SAMU, defended the ambulance crew’s actions, claiming: “Diana had no chance of making it.” I do not know for certain how much chance someone with this injury has, but I do no there is no excuse for taking this amount of time for a speialist team to attend injuries.

Nicholas Langman and Richard Spearman, both MI6 agents who were operating out of the British Embassy in Paris at the end of August 1997.  It has been alleged that both were involved in the organisation of the crash. They both made statements to the British investigators; these were not included in the Paget Report and were not read to the jury during the inquest.

It is interesting how many of the witnesses arriving first on the scene, are in fact formally qualified to handle disasters (doctor, policeman, fireman, politicians). What is the chance an accident takes place in a tunnel around midnight, with  the car leaving the tunnel on one side has an off duty policeman as a driver, while the car entering the tunnel at the same time in the opposite lane, is a doctor who is able to apply emergency medical care? 

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One Response to Diana & Dodi: Who were the first witnesses on the scene?

  1. Vogeltjewatzingjelaat says:

    Net als bij Theo en vele andere aanslagen/ongelukken. Ik zie het nu ook.

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