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Fast skier charged with manslaughter after killing 5-year-old

A 5-year-old British girl was killed during a ski lesson in the French Alps when another skier struck her "at high speed", according to officials charged with the man for manslaughter.

The girl, identified only as Ophélie, along with four other children, was given a lesson on suspected safety on a beginner's hill in Flaine on Saturday morning, local prosecutor Karline Bouisset told Sky News.

When she went to turn around, the youngster was "very violently hit by the skier, who arrived at high speed and who tried in vain to avoid her," Bouisset said.

The fast skier, a 40-year-old local volunteer firefighter, immediately tried to give her first aid, the British television station said.

However, the young man never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the way to a local hospital, the business informs.

Flaine Ski Resort
The tragic incident happened at the ski resort in Flaine.
Flain ski resort
The young girl named Ophélie was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital.
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The skier was remanded in custody on Monday and charged with manslaughter, according to the Agence France-Presse, which said prosecutors accused of speeding for the death.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $ 85,000 fine if convicted, Sky said.

Jean-Paul Constant, the mayor of nearby Arâches, also told the TV station that they were "actively looking for a psychologist who speaks English for the family" to the girl.

"They are suffering from extreme shock, just as many others are involved in this tragedy," the mayor said.


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