Parisian lawyer Mathieu Davy was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence in Lorient on Monday January 24 for having fled after hitting and injuring a pedestrian on a protected passage in December 2019.
The Lorient criminal court also pronounced the cancellation of his driving license with a ban on ironing it for six months, and ordered him to pay 1,600 euros in damages to the victim. At the end of the hearing, Me Davy announced his intention to appeal. At the wheel of his SUV, the 43-year-old lawyer, who lives between Paris and Brittany, had hit a 53-year-old merchant navy captain on the evening of June 16, 2019 in Plouhinec (Morbihan).
“I should have stopped”
Victim of a facial cranial trauma, the pedestrian suffers from an alteration of his cognitive abilities. During the January 3 hearing, Me Davy had admitted to having “underestimated the violence of the shock“. “I should have stopped“, he had declared at the bar. “If there is a shock, the only thing to do for any citizen, and even more so for a legal professional, is to stop“, had insisted the deputy prosecutor of the Republic.
The lawyer, who only had one point left on his driving license on the day of the accident, already had four convictions related to traffic offenses, including one, in 2003, with a hit and run. “This questions your relationship to driving and the law“, had noted the president of the court. “Yes, it overwhelms me“, admitted the defendant. The defendant’s lawyer from Lorient pleaded for release for the injuries caused. On the strength of a psychiatric report, he invoked his colleague’s impaired judgment to justify the hit-and-run. “He had fled because he sensed immediate danger. He had gone home to put himself under protection“, he pleaded. Me Davy is notably the lawyer for presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI).