One of the first people on the scene of the crash that killed Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed testified Tuesday that he saw two people fighting near the crashed Mercedes.
James Huth, a dental surgeon-turned-film-maker, told the London inquest into the princess' death that he was watching television at his parents’ apartment close to the Alma tunnel when he heard a screech of tires and three distinct "shocks." He was at the scene within two minutes.
Speaking over a video-link from Paris, he described how two men were trying to open the car doors when he arrived.
Huth said a man of North African appearance was fighting with a photographer and trying to grab his camera. "The man was screaming that he didn’t have the right to take pictures," he said.
Huth told jurors that he saw three people in the car and that he was unaware until he heard later that the princess had been a passenger, because she had slumped into the footwell of the rear seats.
"The airbags were out, and the driver’s head was inside one of them. The front passenger was panicking, and his jaw was hanging low. I tried to calm him down in French and told him that help was coming," he said.
Huth said he had implored those trying to open the car doors not to move the occupants because it could kill anyone with spinal injuries. "I told them I was a doctor and that they must not move the bodies," he said.