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Diana, cause of accident: due to the immediate and intense world-wide interest in our Diana - Cause of Death - web page (http://www.senderberl.com/diana.htm), we thought it fitting to bring forth further points to ponder…

Why did Trevor Rees-Jones put on his seat belt just prior to the accident when Princess Diana, a devoted user of seat belts, did not? Why were two motorcycle policemen told to leave an ambulance taking one hour to reach a hospital, when 10 surgeons and an army of medical specialists were awaiting Diana's arrival? Is Henri Paul's behavior prior to the accident significantly inconsistent with published intoxication results? Why was there misinformation that the Mercedes was armor plated, supporting the further false assertion that it took emergency crews one hour to extract Diana from the car? Why did the French government reject the aid of Daimler Benz? Why didn't the Fiat stop and the driver and its occupants, if any, join the line of those seeking to file suit against the Ritz hotel? Why wasn't Diana put on a heart-lung bypass machine?

  1. The entire focus of the media has been and continues to center on the intoxication of Henri Paul. This shifts the attention of the world away from the car and motorcycle adjacent to the Mercedes Benz at the time of the accident.
  2. The best indication of Henri Paul's true level of intoxication is his behavior prior to the accident. During an accident, contents of the esophagus and stomach can be traumatically mixed with blood, to result in a false reading. A false reading is usually indicated where behavior is not in line with test results.
  3. Henri Paul parked his car at 10:00 PM without incident. He walked without wavering or staggering. He spent the time before leaving the Ritz with Trevor Rees-Jones who when able to speak as the sole survivor of the accident remembered Henri Paul fit to have driven. Also do not discount the fact that Rees-Jones would not have allowed Henri Paul to drive if he saw Paul intoxicated, not to say "highly intoxicated."
  4. The Ritz hotel, owned by Dodi Fayed's father, has videos of Henri Paul immediately prior to leaving with Diana, Dodi and Rees-Jones. Not only is he seen walking and talking normally, he is face to face with both Dodi Fayed and Diana, both of whom independently would never have allowed him to drive if they smelled alcohol or noticed any glaze in his eyes. Dodi Fayed had a known fetish for professional qualified drivers. Couple this with the fact that Princess Diana, who had a similar fetish for wearing seat belts, did not find Henri Paul's driving or speed as one signaling danger; in which circumstance she surely would have put her seat belt on. If Trevor Rees-Jones first put on his seatbelt after entering the tunnel, one would certainly have to ask Trevor Rees-Jones why, if Princess Diana didn't do it too (for bodyguards won't do it unless they visualize immediate vehicular danger).
  5. First reports after the accident had the Mercedes traveling at 60 mph and then that speed was moved to 80 mph then 100 mph and finally 120 mph. Was the purpose of such misinformation to support the assertion that Henri Paul was highly intoxicated? Again, there is lack of focus on the critical issues and questions. Was the Mercedes traveling at such a high rate of speed prior to entering the tunnel? Was the Mercedes Benz wavering? Did the Mercedes Benz strike any other car, person, motorcycle prior to entering the tunnel? Did the Mercedes Benz show any other evidences consistent with the driver's claimed high intoxication due to the reported blood tests?
  6. Why did the French government blatantly reject the immediate offer of Daimler Benz to send engineers to assess the accident? Why did it take so long to bring forward the evidence that parts of another car, which seemingly struck the Mercedes, were found? If Henri Paul struck the other car, wouldn't the car and its occupants have stayed around to file a police report so they could join the line of those ready willing and able to sue the Ritz hotel?
  7. The Mercedes Benz struck the concrete pillar in such a fashion that one would have to conclude that Paul was so intoxicated he was oblivious to causing severe injury to himself and others in the car. If such was the case, as stated, his driving would have been openly erratic and irregular prior to entering the tunnel. Would a blown tire cause the Mercedes to swerve in such a fashion as to suddenly strike the pillar as the car did? What role did the Fiat and motorcycle have in the accident? Isn't the fact that both are in hiding suggest that they had a material role in the accident?
  8. Why the misinformation that the Mercedes was armor plated? Was it to support an inordinate time to get her out of the car? Why were there misleading original claims that it took an hour to extract her from the car? Was this claimed inordinate time to get her out of the car a mask for the malfeasance connective to the inordinate time to get her to the hospital due to the crawling ambulance ride - one so slow that it "lost" its police motorcycle escort?
  9. Did Diana require constant blood transfusions? Did the ambulance have enough blood for its one hour four mile six kilometer journey? Did it have the right type of blood? Who made the decision to crawl to the hospital? Who on the outside from the awaiting team of 20-25 doctors including 10 surgeons was in contact with the ambulance? Did anyone convey the importance of getting Diana to the hospital quickly? Since the team of 20-25 doctors had so much time on their hands, didn't but one of them determine that Diana might benefit from placing her, on her arrival, on a heart-lung bypass machine that stands in for those organs during heart surgery. That would have helped save her particularly if Diana was gotten to the hospital immediately after the accident.

CONCLUSION: Any fair minded investigator (and journalist) would not have his or her focus on Henri Paul. His behavior and driving until the moment of the accident was normal. The focus should be on the car whose paint is on the Mercedes and the reports that it was accompanied by a motorcycle swerving in front of the Mercedes. These vehicles obviously had a culpable role since in normal circumstances, assuming Paul intoxicated, they would have stopped (and reported the haphazard driving of Henri Paul). That the car, its driver, occupants, if any, and the motorcyclist are no where to be found speaks clearly and convincingly of their role in the accident. Moreover, we would think that Daimler Benz could have offered valuable information and everyone would have benefited from their investigation and report. We would particularly think the front tires of the Mercedes Benz ought to have been immediately and carefully scrutinized. Couple this with the horrendous state of affairs regarding Diana's medical needs and care and you have a long line of people to be carefully questioned. Why is there no report of who was in the ambulance. How in the world could the ambulance's police motorcycle escort, two of them, lose a crawling ambulance? What type of blood did Diana need and what type and how much of it was in the ambulance? Who made the decisions? With billions of people throughout the world emotionally responsive to Diana's death, it would be the greatest sign of respect to the deceased for the world to compel the truth regarding those involved in her accident and death. Leaving important questions unresolved would dishonor her memory and as a consequence diminish the world tribute given her.

JB Ehrlich
Geopolitical Analyst
Sender, Berl & Sons Inc.

September 20, 1997
SenderBerl @ aol.com
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