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Man wins jackpot, then causes fatal car crash

The Local · 10 Nov 2011, 11:28

Published: 10 Nov 2011 11:28 GMT+01:00

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According to the Wiesbadener Kurier, 48-year-old Marco M. won a €514,242 jackpot while playing bingo slots at Wiesbaden’s casino early Saturday morning and was so happy that he gave huge tips to workers and €20,000 to another casino punter.

But just 19 hours later he drove down the nearby A3 motorway north of Wiesbaden and swerved through three lanes of traffic in an apparent attempt to turn around before he smashed his car into oncoming traffic, the newspaper reported.

According to the Bild newspaper, a 56-year-old man was killed in the crash and his wife and 17-year-old son severely injured. Four other people were also hurt in an ensuring series of crashes.

Marco M. then freed himself from the wreckage and ran away. He later travelled to Frankfurt where he turned himself in to police. He is now being investigated on possible homicide charges, police said.

The Wiesbadener Kurier reported that Marco M. had been seen drinking wine earlier in the evening. But a blood alcohol test on Sunday turned up no alcohol in his system and police are investigating whether he may have been diabetic and failed to take his medicine, the newspaper wrote.

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12:54 November 10, 2011 by venkyfra
Thats called bad karma!!
15:22 November 10, 2011 by golfcricket
What an idiot ~ I happened to be driving the opposite way of that crash around 9:15 p.m. and saw the huge pile up.. It was a massive crash that closed the Autobahn down for several hours.. It will be interesting to hear what the final story is.. It's a real tragedy for all the people that were injured and the couple that lost their lives.. Total Stupidity
17:36 November 10, 2011 by Landmine
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23:51 November 10, 2011 by nemo999
What a way to lose you newly one fortune. between the victim families and the lawyers, an the prison time, what a waste.

this guy should be suicide watch.
18:44 November 11, 2011 by parisius
Take him all his money away and give it to the victims' relatives.
11:08 November 12, 2011 by DoubleDTown
Was he Geistfahring? (i.e., driving the wrong way on the AutoBahn) I couldn't tell from the description. But if so, see my previous tirades about the ridiculous on/off ramps Germany has on the Autobahn -- it's no wonder that so often a tipsy guy accidentally finds himself going the wrong way. The fact that drivers shouldn't make the mistake doesn't excuse poor traffic engineering -- the reality is drivers do keep making the mistake.
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