It was the occupants of housing in Loriol-du-Comtat who sounded the alarm. On the night of Friday 25 to Saturday 26 December, they found a wrecked car in their garden shortly before 2:30 in the morning. Quickly on the spot, the firefighters tried to save the driver, alone in the car, in vain.
The victim, aged about 40, reportedly lost control of his vehicle on the Aubignan road before landing on the property and being ejected from her car. With the noise generated by strong gusts of wind, individuals did not immediately realize that an accident had occurred in their homes.