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Report: injured bodyguard does not know Diana, Fayed dead

September 12, 1997

LONDON (AP) _ The bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver doesn’t yet know they are dead, according to a published report today.

The Mirror newspaper quoted doctors treating Trevor Rees-Jones at a hospital in Paris as saying he is still too ill to be told, and may not be informed for a few more weeks.

Rees-Jones, 29, who was Fayed’s bodyguard, was the sole survivor of the Aug. 31 crash in a Paris tunnel.

He suffered severe chest injuries and is still recovering from 10 hours of surgery a week ago to reconstruct his face.

The Mirror quoted his mother, Jill Rees-Jones, as saying: ``He’s unconscious most of the time. His jaw is wired and he can’t really speak. He is not fit enough to be told about Diana and Dodi but the good news is he’s recovering well.″

In Paris, Le Figaro daily quoted an unidentified source close to the investigation as saying Rees-Jones may not even be able to remember the crash.

Rees-Jones had received heavy doses of anesthesia, which could have caused partial amnesia that wiped out his memory of the crash and the hours immediately beforehand, the source said.

Investigators hope that Rees-Jones will be able to describe what happened that night _ in particular, shed some light on the actions of pursuing paparazzi and of driver Henri Paul. Blood tests showed Paul’s blood alcohol level was at least three times France’s legal limit.

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