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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3rd Test Shows Diana's Driver Took Drugs

PARIS -- The driver of the car in which Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed was taking drugs that could have affected his driving, and was also well over the legal drink and drive limit, the public prosecutor's office said Wednesday.


Tests on the body of Henri Paul showed he had consumed a potentially dangerous cocktail of drugs and alcohol.


The tests revealed small traces of tiapride, which doctors say is used to treat pain or aggression, often in cases of chronic alcoholism.


The tests also revealed a larger amount -- "a therapeutic dose," according to prosecutors -- of fluoxetine, the key active ingredient in the anti-depressant Prozac. Prozac can exacerbate the effects of alcohol, according to medical sources.


The latest test -- the third -- on Paul's blood-alcohol level also confirmed he was well over the legal drink and drive limit.


The test, carried out Tuesday at the request of the Ritz Hotel employee's family, put Paul's blood alcohol level at 1.75 grams per liter of blood, over three times the French legal limit of 0.5, the prosecutor's office said. It showed a similar level of alcohol in the blood as previous tests carried out last week.


Paul, 41, was killed in the high-speed crash in a Paris underpass next to the River Seine on Aug. 31 along with the princess and her boyfriend, Dodi al-Fayed.


While judges investigating the causes of the car crash continue their investigation, the press has continued to publish new elements of the story that have yet to be confirmed.


The daily Le Parisien cited one crash witness as saying that Diana's last words before she lost consciousness in the crashed Mercedes were: "Leave me alone! Leave me alone!"


The witness, an unidentified member of the medical team dispatched to the scene in the early hours of Aug. 31, also gave details of her final hours, as she was rushed from the crash scene to the hospital where she died.


"She was very agitated, half knocked-out but conscious," he said, explaining how when rescuers first arrived, a pack of photographers was taking pictures centimeters from Diana's face.


"Oh my God," the 36-year-old princess murmured several times before the paparazzi were forced to retire behind police barriers, said the doctor. According to the medic, the princess' visible injuries were relatively undramatic: the only wounds to be seen were to her thigh and arm. "In fact, her arm was shattered," he said.


But doctors quickly began to suspect serious internal bleeding and ordered the ambulance driver not to exceed 40 kilometers per hour due to Diana's condition. Nevertheless, Diana suffered two cardiac arrests, one en route to and one upon arrival at the hospital. Despite efforts by the hospital staff, Diana's internal bleeding proved too extensive, and at 4 a.m., some 3 1/2 hours after the crash, she was pronounced dead.