The motorist suspected of having fatally hit a 16-year-old cyclist on Monday evening in Thames (East Flanders), sees his detention extended for a month by decision of the Dendermonde council chamber, the East Flanders prosecutor’s office said on Friday.
The young cyclist was hit on Monday around 10 p.m. on Doornstraat in Thames, near the viaduct. The emergency services could not do anything for the young man, who died on the spot. Shortly after, the police spotted a badly damaged vehicle that had crashed into a street lamp on the Beeldstraat in Saint-Nicolas. The driver was taken to the police station and given a breath test and a saliva test which both came back positive.
The 33-year-old suspect was presented to the Dendermonde investigating judge on Wednesday, who confirmed his arrest. The man is suspected of acts leading to death without intention to give it, hit and run, driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol intoxication, driving while intoxicated and inappropriate speed. His detention was extended for a month on Friday.