A viewer whose attempt to get noticed by television cameras while cheering the Tour de France caused l one of the biggest pile-ups in the history of the race came on trial accused of injuring dozens of runners.
The 31-year-old Breton at France , whose identity was withheld after being abused online, told prosecutors she had hof her "stupidity".
As she stood with d Other spectators at the side of a narrow road near the finish of the first day's race in north-western France in June, she held up a large cardboard sign that read: "Come on, Opi-Omi ”- opi and omi being informal German terms for grandfather and grandmother.
She was hoping to be spotted by TV cameras to impress her grandparents of German origin, who watched the race on television. But she went too far ahead of the tight peloton as it sped down the road.
German rider Tony Martin hit her and fell, causing dozens of runners to crash while others swerved through the crowd.
Footage from the collision showing medics looking dazed and grimacing victims hassparked outrage from fans and race organizers, especially when they discovered the woman had fled the scene instead of staying to help. She remained in hiding for four days before surrendering to the police.
Several runners had to withdraw from the race, including the Spanish Ma rc Soler, who broke his arms.
The accused has been charged with endangering life and unintentional injuries and could face a fine of up to 'to € 15,000 and one year in prison.
The Brest public prosecutor noted that the woman presented some "personal vulnerabilities". Prosecutors were told that the accused had been "distressed" by the media coverage of the incident.
The International Association of Cavaliers (CPA ) based in Switzerland asks for a symbolic € 1. in damages to warn againstre dangerous behavior from fans during the Tour de France . "The damage suffered by the runners is physical, moral and economic ", declared its president, Gianni Bugno.
Agence France-Presse has contributed to this report.