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Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash

The Local · 6 Nov 2011, 16:00

Published: 06 Nov 2011 12:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Nov 2011 16:00 GMT+01:00

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A spokesman for the police in Wiesbaden said the man, 48, was being investigated for manslaughter, not just hazardous driving.

The driver suddenly turned around in the middle of the A3 motorway near Idstein on Saturday evening. Shortly afterwards his car crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle in the left lane.

That driver, aged 56, died at the site of the accident.

Four other cars were involved in the accident. Police helicopters equipped with infrared cameras were used in the search effort.

On Sunday morning, two people were killed in a separate incident after a man driving the wrong way struck another car on the A96 motorway between Erkheim and Stetten.

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15:43 November 6, 2011 by frankiep
This is no more than 10 minutes from where I live. I unfortunately have to drive on the A3 everyday to get to and from work. If the A3 between Limburg and Frankfurt isn't one of the most dangerous stretches of Autobahn it would shock me. Between the unbelievable number of truck drivers, many of whom have no problem jumping lanes without notice, and the ridiculous number of drivers who think that the road is a Formula 1 racetrack, it is no surprise that this section of the A3 has a major accident just about once a week. Now we have to worry about scumbags like this guy who apparently thought it would be fun to try to kill himself and take as many other people with him as possible. I just heard on the radio here that the police caught him this morning. Hopefully he never breathes air as a free person again.
08:44 November 7, 2011 by LancashireLad
Two classic things here.

One: inability to understand that your actions have an effect on other people - "I want to do that so I'll do it .... now." There was a case once where a guy turned round on the motorway because his navi told him too.

Two: avoidance of responsibility (or at least the attempt to). The only reason this guy gave hmself up is becasue he realised there was no way he could get away with it. Someone else is always to blame ... until it is completely unavoidable that you are.Then it's damage limitation.

I'd love to know what will be put forward as defence.
09:41 November 7, 2011 by DoubleDTown
yet another example of bizarro German traffic "engineering" resulting in needless accidental death. If this wrong-way driver didn't get onto the A3 at one of those f'd up standard German ramps that have the on/off lanes right next to each other, I'll eat my keyboard. Throw in a little darkness, perhaps a little fog and a little beer, and it's no wonder Germany has so many Geisterfahrer incidents.
13:04 November 7, 2011 by freechoice
if the Minister of Transport would spend more time to improve the design and quality of the roads, instead of making music CDs for the public, maybe accidents like this would not have happen so freqeuently?
20:14 November 7, 2011 by LecteurX
Hey DoubleDTown, which part of "The driver suddenly turned around in the middle of the A3 motorway near Idstein on Saturday evening" right in the middle of the article did you fail to understand? Blaming "German traffic engineering" for this tragic accident is ridiculous. Now take your meds and go to sleep, dear.
13:44 November 8, 2011 by blindbeggar
@ lecteurx.. Most days there seems to be a Geisterfahrer or two in Germany. So something is wrong. Albeit in this tragic incident the driver had something wrong....In his head!
12:37 November 9, 2011 by Bregan8r
there do seem to be quite a lot of reports of drivers driving in the wrong direction, and I myself (I drive a lot and mostly on the autobahn) occasionally have a moment of indecision at one of these notorious "on/off" ramps. might not hurt to take a look at this design, regardless of what the driver in question had done that evening.
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