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British student killed crossing road in France

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British student killed crossing road in France
A British university student was killed in the southern city of Montpellier over the weekend, after attempting to cross a motorway. File photo: Corentin Bechade
09:58 CEST+02:00
A British university student was killed in the southern city of Montpellier over the weekend, after attempting to cross a motorway with a group of friends on a night out.

A night out ended in tragedy for a group of friends in Montpellier over the weekend, when a British man died after being struck by a car while crossing a motorway in the southern city, according to French media.

The 22-year-old British student and six of his friends had been on their way to a nightclub in nearby Lattes in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to local daily La Depeche.

Believing they were heading towards the Route de Palavas, the group of friends had in fact stumbled upon the A9 motorway, but decided to venture across on foot, anyway.

Tragically, a motorist travelling in the direction of Nîmes collided with two of the group, killing one and injuring another at around 1.25 am, according to TF1 television.

“The collision happened in the central lane of the motorway,” a police source told La Depeche. “[The driver] couldn’t avoid them.”

The 29-year-old motorist has been taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary homicide and injury.

The identity of the British man has not yet revealed, and a representative from the British embassy was not available for comment at time of writing.

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