Hospital: It may be weeks before crash survivor can help
Injured man worked for Fayed family
September 2, 1997
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PARIS (CNN) -- It may be weeks before the only survivor of
the car crash that killed Princess Diana and two other people
will be able to answer questions, a hospital spokeswoman said
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, suffered head and lung
injuries. He was in intensive care at Pitie Salpetriere
Hospital in Paris, his mother and estranged wife at his side.
His condition was described as serious but not
Diana died at the same hospital on Sunday after a vain
attempt by doctors to save her life. Her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed and the car's driver, Henri Paul, died instantly after
the accident in a Paris tunnel.
Rees-Jones is considered the key witness in the crash.
Authorities hope he can provide information on to what degree
the car was harassed by photographers, how fast it was going
and how Paul came to be behind the wheel while drunk.
Described in some news accounts as "Dodi's shadow,"
Rees-Jones is a former British soldier with commando
training and experience in protecting British VIPs.
He is an employee of the Fayed family, as was Paul.
Since her exclusion from the royal family after her divorce
from Prince Charles, Diana often shunned Scotland Yard
bodyguards and drivers.
Much of the time she drove around London alone, although when
with her two sons -- heirs to the British throne -- she was
obliged to take protection.
"There's always a risk when the level of security is reduced
from royalty protection to the commercial world," said
security consultant Nigel Brown.
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Correspondent Siobhan Darrow contributed to this report.
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