Welsh biker shot dead by hunter in French Alps

The incident took place near Montriond in the French Alps

The incident took place near Montriond in the French Alps

Prosecutors in Thonon have opened an enquiry into "aggravated manslaughter", and a 'full investigation is in progress.

The tragedy occured on Saturday evening at 6pm in the thick woodlands near the Montriond ski resort.

"The shooter went into deep shock when he realised what he had done".

The victim, who is understood to have lived in the region for sometime, ran a restaurant in the resort of Les Gets.

The Briton was wearing brightly-coloured clothing and was easily identifiable, according to one source. He was shot and killed on a track that was frequently used but hard to access, Sky News reported.

"It may be that he was mistaken for a fast moving animal". "He now faces trial and prison". Authorities are now investigating the man, whose identity they didn't release, for aggravated manslaughter, according to reports.

The French hunting season started phasing in across the country in late August.

On this ocassion, up to 18 hunters were taking part in an event when the cyclist sped through the wooded path.

"People will pay more heed to the times and zones of hunting, and stick to times and areas where they know they are safe, and hunters can hunt with less likelihood of these bad accidents".

Then, in October 2017, a woman sitting in her garden was killed after a stray hunter's bullet passed through her garden hedge.

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