• Germany's news in English

Love stunt ends in tragedy

The Local · 7 Feb 2011, 17:49

Published: 07 Feb 2011 17:49 GMT+01:00

"According to preliminary investigations ... the 29-year-old was somehow trying to attach a banner with his name, a woman's name and the phrase '10 years' to the bridge," said police.

The man fell onto the A544 where he was crushed by "at least two vehicles" outside of Würselen near the western city of Aachen, the police added.

Doctors on the scene said it was likely the impact of the fall that killed him.

Story continues below…

AFP/The Local/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

18:19 February 7, 2011 by marimay
He was an amoeba? D:
18:52 February 7, 2011 by rfwilson
Another contender for the 2011 Darwin Awards!
18:54 February 7, 2011 by Gretl
@marimay - I think the amoeba-shape was after the two vehicles hit him.
19:02 February 7, 2011 by Nemo2010
I think his girlfriend is bound to be more crushed at this point. He let his heart rule his head. It's a shame...
21:40 February 7, 2011 by Kayak
Modern equivalent of hunting Mammut! The Säbelzahntiger got him. Poor chap!
22:20 February 7, 2011 by wxman
rfwilson and Gretl said everything I was going to say. What a doofus.
23:18 February 7, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
Holy moses!

No one ever told the poor guy that grand gestures are overrated. Most woman cherish the small and ordinary things.

The poor drivers who flattened him will probably need to seek therapy.
02:55 February 8, 2011 by hanskarl
Good thing it didn't happen in the US. The girl friend would have sued the two unfortunate drivers and walked away with millions.
06:29 February 8, 2011 by DanielF
is this supposed to be funny? you lot are disgusting
10:13 February 8, 2011 by jimscott
@ Daniel F. I totally agree with you. Those comments are totally witless and uncalled for. This was a tragic accident where a young man lost his life. My condolences to his friends and relatives and of course to his partner who must be devastated.
10:20 February 8, 2011 by auniquecorn
Or out celebrating?
15:43 February 8, 2011 by mlh
i dunno. the comments are pretty funny. i really like the amoeba one.

and no, i dont reckon i'm disgusting for finding that funny. sorry.
00:38 February 9, 2011 by JBlooze
I'm with Daniel F on this one too. I don't know that the comments are exactly witless. I think heartless would be a better word. Out celebrating? Just mean. And maybe you're not disgusting for finding the comments funny mlh but do you really have to encourage everyone to demean someones loss of life and add to the suffering of those that lost him in their lives by posting a defence of the ignorance? I reckon that's pretty heartless. Sorry for you. This was a sad tragic story and condolances to those who lost a family member, friend or partner here.
Today's headlines
No injuries after blast near Bavarian migrant centre
A sign at the Zirndorf migrant centre. Photo: DPA

A suitcase, likely packed with aerosol cans, has blown up near a migrant centre on the outskirts of Nuremberg, causing no injuries, police confirm.

Not your average student digs: 'amazing' plastic bubble
Photo: DPA

Could this wacky experiment be the future of student housing?

Police settle train violence over smelly feet
Not the feet in question. Photo: Caitlin Regan/Flickr

A fellow passenger's foot odour proved too much for one traveller to stomach.

How Berliners are responding to the Bavaria attacks
Photo: DPA

Is fear of terrorism creeping up on the capital?

Munich gunman was far-right racist: media reports
Photo: DPA

According to research by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the Munich gunman was proud to have been born on the same day as Hitler and hated Turks and Arabs.

Ansbach suicide attack
Ansbach bomber ‘influenced’ by third person: officials
Photo: DPA

Officials in Bavaria have said that the man who blew himself up in an apparent Islamist attack on Sunday was influenced by an as yet unknown person.

What is the link between the attacks in Germany last week?
Police on guard in Munich. Photo: DPA

And how likely are 'copycat' attacks?

Rights experts call for calm after string of violent attacks
Bavaria has called for soldiers to protect the German border. Photo: DPA

Human rights groups and legal experts are warning the government to react responsibly to the attacks and rampages which have taken place in Germany in recent days.

France church attacker had been arrested in Germany
Photo: DPA

A neighbour described the man as a "ticking time bomb".

Dutch join hunt for German terrorists-turned-outlaws
From left to right: Ernst-Volker Staub, Daniela Klette and Burkhard Garweg. Photo: DPA.

Dutch police on Tuesday told people to be on the lookout for three German far-left militants, at large for decades and suspected of a string of recent heists.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
IN PICTURES: How Munich responded to shooting spree
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
Bavaria train attack: Were police right to shoot to kill?
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd