Colin Edwards’ crew chief to face ‘involuntary manslaughter’ charge

Published: 13 May 2011

Colin Edwards' Tech 3 Yamaha crew chief Guy Coulon has been released pending further enquiries after being accused of accidentally killing a motorcyclist in France. The chief technician for Tech 3's MotoGP and Moto2 efforts reportedly reversed over a motorcyclist at a toll booth late last week.

The tragedy happened when Coulon - driving the Moto2 race truck - pulled up to the booth in the wrong lane, before reversing and knocking off a biker he couldn't see behind him.

French law stipulates is it is illegal to reverse out of a booth and the team believes he will face an involuntary manslaughter charge. The truck remains impounded by police though the bikes have been released to take part in the weekend's Le Mans Moto2 race and French citizen Coulon is currently at the track. In a bitter twist, MCN understand that the motorcyclist killed was riding to work only after his car was reversed into and written off by a lorry three weeks ago.