Survivor of Diana crash files suit, sources say
October 16, 1997
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PARIS (CNN) -- The lone survivor of the crash that killed Princess Diana has filed suit to seek damages for injuries
suffered in the accident, judicial sources said Thursday.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, joined the criminal inquiry
as a civil party, which under French law would allow him
access to all court papers and to sue for damages, the
Rees-Jones suffered extensive facial injuries and other injuries, as well as partial amnesia in the August 31 crash that also killed Diana's boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul. The bodyguard spent more than a month in a Paris hospital.
Investigators have hoped Rees-Jones eventually will recall
more about what happened in the moments before the crash --
in particular the actions of paparazzi pursuing the car and
of the driver who was legally drunk at the time of the
During two interrogations in the hospital, Rees-Jones gave police details about the night of the accident but could not recall the actual crash.
Now that Rees-Jones has filed suit, investigators cannot
interrogate him without his lawyer present.
In another development, the sources said the attorney
representing the Fayed family, Bernard Dartevelle, has asked
the judge in the case to give him access to all videos taken
by banks, government offices or news organizations on the
route the Mercedes took from the Ritz hotel to the spot where
No charges have been filed in the crash. But nine
photographers and a motorcycle courier have been placed under
formal investigation for manslaughter and failure to assist people in danger.
Investigators also are looking for a small car, possibly a
Fiat Uno, that may have collided with the Mercedes and caused
the driver to lose control.
Rees-Jones was released from the hospital on October 3 and is
currently in England.