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UK soldiers in Paderborn hit by car killing one

The Local · 7 Jul 2011, 16:06

Published: 07 Jul 2011 16:06 GMT+02:00

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The car careened onto the pavement in the western city of Paderborn late Wednesday after a collision with another vehicle, striking the group of soldiers stationed at a nearby British military base, who were waiting at a crosswalk.

"Witnesses said the car ran a red light to enter the intersection," a police statement said.

A 20-year-old soldier succumbed to his injuries at the scene while a 23-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries. Four others were treated in hospital, two with serious injuries. The 21-year-old driver was also hurt.

Britain has about 20,000 soldiers based in Germany but plans to pull them out by 2020.

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16:27 July 7, 2011 by trash head
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17:16 July 7, 2011 by harcourt
I think using the word "accidentally" is tasteless, and for the sake of the relatives it should be removed.
19:37 July 7, 2011 by 9900lawre
Thankyou harcourt, running a red light and causing a death or injury is manslaughter!

Any death is bad but these guys where weeks away from deploying to Afghanistan.

I hope for the peace to be kept in Paderborn this weekend the driver wasn't from a non european background.
03:01 July 8, 2011 by Persian=Anti-Arabism
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07:10 July 8, 2011 by marimay
Twenty-one year old's don't accidentally run red lights.
08:31 July 8, 2011 by toemag
My condolences to the the family and friends of the Soldier killed (RIP). I seriously hope that the injured make a speedy and complete recovery and can return to duty ASAP.


Sure they do, see them all the time on their Iphones answering e-mails Texts etc.
09:32 July 8, 2011 by ChrisRea
" a car accidentally ploughed into them as they were walking"

" the group of soldiers stationed at a nearby British military base, who were waiting at a crosswalk."

So were they walking or waiting?

Anyway, condolences to the family.
09:55 July 8, 2011 by harcourt

That comment was unnecessary, at least you redeemed yourself slightly !!
11:02 July 8, 2011 by Gilly58
what does it matter whether they walking or waiting! the fact is that if the driver had not run the red light no one would have been killed! My heart goes out to the soldiers loved ones, and i sincerely hope that the others pull through. As for the driver, well lets see what the German justice system throw at him. My guess is that he is not feeling to clever this morning.
12:12 July 8, 2011 by marimay

I still wouldn't consider that an accident since they are deliberately inhibiting their driving skills.
13:33 July 8, 2011 by trash head
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15:04 July 8, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
Id also like to point out that driving while operating a cell phone is illegal in germany like in some cities in the US. Most of the time when you kill someone while breaking the law it loses the phrase accident and is usually given the word neglegant. If this were the US I would say the individual be brough up on charges for neglegant homocide, or vehicular homicide (if the investigation finds that the individual had anti military tendancies) at the least be charged with manslaughter. I feel like this should have the same consequences as a drunk driver killing or injuring someone.

just my opinion.
23:13 July 8, 2011 by ChrisRea

My comment meant to point out the poor quality of the reporting. I apologise if my posting was too subtle.
08:36 July 9, 2011 by harcourt
I don't call that subtle!!
15:00 July 11, 2011 by moistvelvet

No it was your poor understanding of the article, they were clearly stood at a "crosswalk", waiting to cross the road.


" hope for the peace to be kept in Paderborn this weekend the driver wasn't from a non european background"

Non-european, what you mean like an American background?

It's insulting enough to suggest that British soldiers would react violently to this accident, even more insulting to suggest they are racist and violent.
13:30 November 9, 2011 by cpabtc
The soldier who died was my friend. He is greatly missed by all and we are still getting over the shock of his loss. It doesnt matter if they were walking or waiting, and it doesnt matter the ethnic background of the driver, or his age, (and it doesnt state if he was on the phone or not either) but none of this matters, just that he sees justice for the pain and suffering he has caused to Williams family and friends along with the other soldiers and their families. Wreckless driving has lost me and so many others a friend. He was an amazing man, I have known him for many years and he was always in high spirits, always cheered you up, always willing to lend a helping hand, he's amazing. A great loss that I cant put into words. He will never be forgotten and will always be loved and missed. RIP Will.
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