• Germany's news in English
 
jobs_header_v3

Love stunt ends in tragedy

The Local · 7 Feb 2011, 17:49

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"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.

AFP/The Local/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit


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
Nazi POW leaves estate to 'kind' Scottish village
The former German soldier stayed on to work in the Perthshire village for a time after the war. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP file picture

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire estate in his will to a small village in Scotland to show his appreciation for the kindness he received there during his captivity.

US tries to block Chinese purchase of Aixtron
Photo: Oliver Berg / DPA / AFP

US President Barack Obama on Friday moved to block a Chinese company's purchase of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron by rejecting the inclusion of Aixtron's US business in the deal.

Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress
Photo: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.

Berlin vs Munich: whose newborn polar bear is cuter?
Berlin's (left) and Munich's (right) newborn bears. Photos: Tierpark Berlin / DPA

Both city zoos welcomed baby polar bears into the world in November, with Berlin zoo its releasing first photos on Friday. But which one is more adorable?

Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon
Dirty Harry. Photo: DPA

We all agree that there is no other option than to learn irregular German verbs by rote. But when you want a bit of downtime, why not learn from your big screen heroes?

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found: police
The entrance to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Photo: DPA

An iron gate from the former Nazi concentration camp in Germany's Dachau with the slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") has been found two years after it was stolen, police said Friday.

Mystery flight path artist draws new message in sky
Photo: DPA

A pilot who likes to draw patterns in the sky using his flight path has returned with his greatest artwork yet.

Berlin 'abusing power' to stop Snowden coming to Germany
Edward Snowden. Photo: DPA

Opposition parties have accused the coalition government of overstepping its authority in its attempt to block American whistleblower Edward Snowden's trip to Germany.

Germany gains record number of Michelin-star restaurants
Head of the Michelin Guide, Michael Ellis (centre) with Michelin-star chefs at a presentation in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

Germany had a slew of newly minted Michelin-star restaurants this year, and its top-rated establishments held onto their prestigious three stars.

At last: Germany passes major disabled rights reform
People in wheelchairs watch as the German parliament deliberates on the new disability rights reform. Photo: DPA.

For years people with disabilities in Germany have called for legislation to provide them with better benefits and opportunities in life and work. On Thursday the German parliament passed such a reform - but is it enough?

Lifestyle
10 German Christmas cookies you have to bake this winter
Sponsored Article
The key to launching your international career
Lifestyle
Our 10-step guide for doing Christmas just like a German
National
Here's why so many Germans vote for the far-right AfD
National
7 events in Germany that'll make December unforgettable
Lifestyle
7 frosty German sayings to make you a winter wordsmith
National
This is how unequal German society has become
National
Six things you should know about the Lufthansa strike
National
9 ways living in Germany will make you a better person
National
These 10 German Christmas markets cannot be missed
Features
8 German words that unlock amazing secrets in English
Culture
10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations
Lifestyle
7 things Germans do that make foreigners feel awkward
International
Why Donald Trump's grandad was booted out of Germany
National
This is what is really inside your Döner kebab
National
Rejoice! Christmas markets start opening across Germany
Education
These German universities are best at landing you a job
Travel
Why Heidelberg is Germany's most inspiring city
Lifestyle
This soppy German Christmas ad will bring you to tears
National
Here's where Germans speak the best (and worst) English
Culture
10 German books you have to read before you die
Culture
U-Bahn train found filled with autumn foliage in Berlin
Features
Seven German words that unlock amazing secrets about English
Travel
Germany's ten most beautiful towns you've never visited
6,619
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd