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Drunk driver plows into crowd, injures 14

DPA/The Local · 1 May 2010, 15:45

Published: 01 May 2010 15:45 GMT+02:00

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Police said the incident happened on Saturday morning at around 10:00 in the state of Lower Saxony.

Several hundred people pulling hand-trucks had obstructed a narrow

alley in the town of Markhausen, a town near the Dutch border, as they were walking through during a traditional excursion.

Why the motorist, a 19-year-old who lives in a neighbouring town, drove into the group was not clear, although he appeared to have been annoyed that they were blocking the street and had honked his horn several times.

He fled on foot, but was caught by police, who said he failed an

alcohol test. Apart from the woman in hospital, two others suffered

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serious injuries.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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00:46 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
German drivers are terrible. Berlin needs to revisit a Drivers Lisence Reform law. tsk tsk tsk
11:57 May 2, 2010 by cobalisk
I think some hard data might put German driving in perspective.Here is some data demonstrating that annual German auto fatalities (6 deaths per 100,000 persons) are lower then the U.S. (11.8 per 100,000) Canada (8.8 per 100,000) and Australia (7.8 per 100,000). England, and Japan do have lower per capita rates than Germany (5.4 and 5.0 respectively) so Germany comes in about average when comparing. (Source.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_OECD_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate)

This accident is a tragedy and should be thoroughly investigated and treated with respect.
15:34 May 2, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Whilst I do not condone the driver, just how many drunk cyclists where on the road yesterday. There are two crates to be seen in this picture. Where I live they were a menace, crossing weaving over the main ring road as if it was a country path.
18:27 May 2, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
> This accident is a tragedy

"Accident" ? The story says he drove into them *deliberately*.
18:53 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
cobalisk - Your statistcis are wrong because countries have different populations than others (e.g. US has 300m, Germany has 80m). Maths is not a German strong point. duh...
19:45 May 2, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
wmm208: What are you talking about? He gave per capita stats which have nothing to do with total population.
21:51 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
Still, its a horrible piece of driving and he was drunk. Lets do what you guys do so well. Blame it on the booze....Like the booze had a choice here.
23:13 May 2, 2010 by cobalisk
Thank you 1fck, the information was per capita, hence not subject to population differences. Hence the validity of the information.

@Simon - the article does not state he did it deliberately, it states the reasons are unclear, certainly it is implied so that is a fair point. However, people being run over whether deliberate or intentional is still tragic.
23:18 May 2, 2010 by wmm208
Perhaps the judge will see it the way of the driver since the pedestrians were actually in the way. And perhaps they will force the driver to pay for any bodily injury to the pedestrians is questionable (e.g. arm = 200, leg = 400). Maybe the driver can even sue for damage to his care because the pedestrians were in the way. Then he can claim his legal fees from these "in the way" pedestrians. Beware of the driver who always has the right of the way...
15:18 May 4, 2010 by Eastard
People parading on an automobile road should have blockades to prevent autos from trying to use the same road... No excuse for drunk driving but a confused drunk could easily see the carts as irritating obstructions in his way...and the sober paraders could see the auto has having no place in the parade...stalemate. Traditional parades should have traffic control in mind now that we have traffic versus 100's of years ago only animals...Also for the paraders to keep in mind... autos have a significant advantage when used to make a point... get out of the way...
18:35 May 5, 2010 by carliecutie
I don not believe that there would be a parade without barriers or at least a police escort. Instead, this might have simply been the "rush hour" for the village, in which the driver was stuck. He will probably recieve a DUI but I don't believe that he intended to hurt anyone.
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